The Kasongo and Kapanda Mini Hospital sites in the Mansa District were successfully handed over to the Ministry of Health on 22nd October, with staff now beginning to settle into the facilities, ready for their first patients.
The first set of mini hospitals completed on the ‘Built To Care’ Zambia project, in Tubalange, Nakachenje and Mondengwa, are now being utilised to provide their local communities with high quality health services. Nakachenje alone has already served over 700 patients and successfully and safely delivered 8 babies.
Maternal and Child Healthcare (MCH) sessions have also been held at these three Mini Hospitals, with a dedicated day held at each of these facilities for under-five’s where weighing and examination consultations are offered by midwives in order to diagnose any ailments or injuries. This is an outpatient service where pregnant mothers can congregate, share stories and listen to talks on wellbeing and healthy living while undergoing examinations to ensure everything is well.
On 8th October, the Bauleni Mini Hospital site was officially handed over to the MoH and National Health Services (NHS). Amongst the officials were, Engineer Joseph Chunga from the MoIHD and Mukosa Chimbelu from Ndilila Associate Architects.
The event ran smoothly, while NMSI’s Benson Luunzwe and Christopher Haywood were also on hand during the day to answer a multitude of questions from inquisitive visitors.
Prior to the official handover of the Bauleni site, fumigation and pest control procedures were undertaken. Along with this, two containers of medical and non-medical equipment were delivered to site on Monday 16th September. The Install, Commission, Maintenance and Training team and other staff worked diligently to install the equipment to the specified rooms on the same day.
The commissioning of the equipment was completed by 18th and signed off by the MoH Provincial Biomedical Engineer, Mr Friday Matafwali.
Equipment and end user training was carried out from 1st-4th October in order to ensure all staff gained the appropriate level of knowledge and competence prior to the facility going live with its first patients.
Completion inspections of the first three Mini Hospitals (Tubalange, Nakachenje and Mondengwa) were conducted with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing Development (MoIHD), with formal taking over certificates issued on the 13th September.
This represented a significant milestone for programme delivery, with all three inspections a complete success.
His Excellency, Edgar Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia on Sunday 7th April visited the Kapanda and Kasongo mini hospitals sites, near the Northern town of Mansa.
With widespread media coverage of the event, the President was delighted with the progress that he saw, with additional positive reaction from the accompanying Ministry of Health team and other members of the Presidential staff.
NMSI’s principal local construction partner for these Mini Hospitals, Suscon Construction Solutions, continues to expand its resources in order to meet the scheduled requirements for construction works and now have six active core teams, which are supported by separate travelling architectural finishes and MEP services gangs.
Additionally, Suscon and their civil works sub-contractor Mycrete, continue to engage local villagers and townsfolk to train, develop and mentor across the spectrum of building trades that each Mini Hospital requires, from site labourers through to Architectural Finishing tradesmen. As well as providing an income, this training and mentoring will leave them with skillsets that will help them flourish long after these Zambian Ministry of Health facilities are built.
To date, a total of 30 potential sites have been visited by NMSI’s environmental teams, covering six Provinces of Zambia: Western; Southern; Lusaka; Central; Eastern; Luapula, involving approximately 14,000 km of driving (roughly the same distance as travelling from London to Perth, in Australia).
Before any construction can begin, topographical, hydrological, geotechnical and environmental surveys had to take place to allow NMSI’s architectural team and partners to produce bespoke site plans for each of these facilities.
NMSI has been working with five leading Zambian specialist engineering and environmental surveying companies to carry out these works, with some 20 Zambian nationals employed during the completion of the surveying works. NMSI’s partners for these are:
- Electronic Survey Automation Ltd
- Curprite Geo-Services Ltd
- BY Drilling and Construction Ltd
- Milestone Engineering Consultants Ltd
- DH Engineering Ltd
On the Friday 22nd June, the Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr Chitalu Chilufya oversaw the project launch on three sites within in the Chilanga district for the construction of brand new ultra- modern mini hospitals in Nakachenje, Tubalange and Mundengwa.
The Minister was joined by the newly elected Lawmaker of Chilanga, the Honorable Maria Langa.