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Bauleni Footbridges Completed

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The two footbridges which NMSI and Suscon jointly worked on for the Bauleni community to provide safe pedestrian traffic whilst trying to help prevent infant mortality when crossing the deep culvert are now fully complete. 

Given the current restrictions on public gatherings in Zambia, a formal opening ceremony has had to be postponed however we aim to complete a formal handover once restrictions have been removed and public assemblies are permitted once again.  It is hoped that these bridges will be a great addition for those who live in this community.

Misisi Mini Hospital Site Handed Over

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On 6th April 2020, the Misisi Mini Hospital site was officially handed over to the MOH and National Health Services (NHS). Amongst the officials were Lusaka’s Provincial Health Director, Nursing Officer and Infrastructure Officer for the  MOH, as well as Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Engineer, Joseph Chungu.

As all site inspections had been completed, the handover meeting was held with NMSI employees Iain Maclean and Benson Luunzwe in the Lusaka Provincial Health Directors office, where the appropriate social distancing protocol was followed.

New Mini Hospitals Now Serving Their Communities

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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.

 

Bauleni Mini Hospital Successfully Handed Over

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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.

Install, Commission and Training at the Bauleni Mini Hospital

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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.

Mini Hospital Keys Handed Over for Tubalange, Nakachenje and Mondengwa

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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.

Corporate Social Responsibility – Bauleni Footbridges

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Both CSR footbridges across the deep drainage culvert in central Bauleni have now been installed and are actively in use. A formal handover of the footbridges to the Bauleni Community will be conducted later in the month after preparations have been agreed and commemorative plaques prepared and fixed to each structure. In the meantime, the communities are making the most of the new bridges and the children are enjoying the joys of safe crossings!