With thoughtful attitude and a cordial smile, Ahshiro Atsuko, a Japanese volunteer in Vietnam, has left deep impressions on Vietnamese patients.
Born in Okinawa City, Atsuko is passionate about helping patients in new lands. She confided that she was spoken many times about the hospitable, honest and good-natured Vietnamese. Therefore, she would like to go to this S-shaped country to make a contribution and to enrich her knowledge.
This April, she was among 11 JICA volunteers to Vietnam. With her five-year experience in convalescence, she was assigned to the Recovery-Emergency Ward under the Da Nang Polyclinic.
This Japanese nurse is very active and enthusiastic to give assistance to patients. As a result, a lot of patients and colleagues like her. There was even an older patient who turned off her breathing machine for a while to offer her a smile, which made Atsuko so moved.
“A lot of patients are under treatment in the polyclinic while there are a few nurses. I feel sorry for their waiting. I would like to work more; however, a day could not be longer”, said Atsuko.
Atsuko loves chatting with patients to understand them more. For her, this kind of action helps them recover soon.
In the evening, Atsuko often studies Vietnamese language, watches Vietnamese TV programs and talks with the host or neighbours.
Translated by Mai Huong