Tuesday, February 26, 2013

We Made the News!!!

The Washington Post had this on life expectancy:
#3 Japan 83.9
#36 European union 79;8
#51 United states 78.5
#164 Russia 66.5
#221 Guinea-Bissau 49.1
#222 Chad 48.7

We're number one! We're number one! We're number one!

Although any statistics coming from Tchad are suspect at best. We've seen their sketchy addition skills in official medical reporting meetings. Also of note is that fact that most Tchadians identity cards (for the minority who have them) list their owners' birthday as January 1, typically rounded to the nearest decade. Inordinate numbers of Tchadians are born in the years 1960 and 1970; however, very few Tchadians seem to be born in boring-numbered years, such as 1963 or 1967, etc.

And of course, sometimes rounding to the nearest decade still doesn't suffice. Case in point, a lady who came in last week for sterility. She had never been pregnant. We asked her how old she was. She said she was 18. Her husband confirmed this. We asked her how many years she had been married. She proudly stated she had been married 20 years. Her husband confirmed this as well. However, glancing in her medical carnet, it was noteworthy that she actually knew her birth year. Actual age: 38.

olen and danae



Olen phone: +235 62 16 04 93
Danae phone: +235 62 17 04 80

Olen et Danae Netteburg
Hopital Adventiste de Bere
52 Boite Postale
Kelo, Tchad

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