Answers to our Questionnaire for Visitors of Solomon Islands

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Sex? male
Profession/occupation? Surgeon
Medical school year or years of experience since graduation? [-]
Home country? Switzerland
What made you want to go to Solomon Islands? talking to a previous visitor
Did you go alone or in company? together with my wife, a nurse
Arriving in Solomon Islands
When did you arrive in Solomon Islands? June 2015
Did you encounter any bureaucratic difficulties? yes, at the departure: an airline check-in employee was trying to be difficult
What was your first impression after arrival? very hot and dirty
Living in Solomon Islands
What did positively surprise you? friendly people
What did negatively surprise you? Center of Honiara
What took longest to get used to? internet connection
What did you miss most in Solomon Islands? nothing
What should you have brought along? we had everything we needed
What did you do to prevent malaria? nothing
Place and province where you spent most of your time? Honiara, Honiara-City
Other places/provinces where you stayed? visited Gizo Hospital in Gizo, Western Province
Where did you stay? Mendana Hotel
How long did you stay at each location? 2 weeks
How much did you pay for each? CHF 160/night
Where did you usually eat? Hotel & Hospital
What did you typically pay for a normal meal? SBD 200-250
What local food/beverage did you like most? Japanese
What local food/beverage did you like least? fast food
Mobile phone services
If you brought along a mobile phone, which services did you successfully use? [-]
Comments? very difficult
Money matters
Used a Maestro debit card and a Visa credit card to get cash, to get cash at ATMs and to pay for goods and services.
Comments? [-]
Working in Solomon Islands
How did you usually go to work? walk
Where did you work? NRH Traumatology
What was your occupation? Surgeon (my wife worked as a nurse)
What were your working days and hours? 10 days, about 7 to 9 hours
What was particularly difficult in regard to your work? organisation & timetable
Did you feel accepted by the locals? not sure
What did you usually do in your spare time after work? eat and recreation
Questions for medical trainees of all levels (students to registrars)
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Leaving Solomon Islands and looking back
When did you leave Solomon Islands? June 2015
How long was your stay? 2 weeks
How do you judge the length of your stay? just about right
What did you learn from the locals? take it easy
Your advice to prospective visitors? not to expect too much
What did you miss most when back at home again? easy way of life
What did you enjoy most when back at home again? clear structures
Would you go back for another stay? Maybe.
Estimated total cost of your stay (including travel costs)? CHF 8,000 for two persons
Additional comments? Teaching of the young surgeons is very important for the future. Old structures are difficult to break. Hygiene is a serious problem, lot of infected osteosynthesis.

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