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Minister of Finance Visits Nakachenje Mini Hospital

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The Zambian Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, visited the Nakachenje Mini Hospital site on 25th January to inspect the healthcare facilities that NMSI has delivered for the Government of Zambia.

The Honorable Minister was hugely satisfied with the quality of building and equipment that NMSI and enjoyed discussions with the Sister-in-Charge, who affirmed her approval of the facility, that is not only helping people within the local catchment area but also attracting patients from further afield due to the quality of healthcare provided.

The event was also attended by:
– Alistair Johnson –Business Development Manager (NMSI)
– Iain Maclean – Construction Manager (NMSI)
– Chisha Kamoto – Zambian Project Support Assistant (NMSI)
– Bwalya Lufungulo – Sister-in-Charge at Nakachenje MH

2021 End-of-Year Construction Progress

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The NMSI team has had a year it can be proud of, matching and exceeding expectations. 50 sites have been handed over to the Ministry of Health in 2021; at the start of the year, the team aimed for 4 handovers per month and have managed to achieve an average of 4.2 per month.

Phase 1 and 2:
  Sites issued to contractor Sites complete Sites handed over ICMT equipped and trained Overall progress
Dec-21 99 76 49 67 75%
Awaiting certificates >>     3    
Jan-21 47 11 2 2 15%
2021 52 65 50 65  

 

Mini Hospitals:

  • Phase I: 20 Mini Hospitals is 100% complete.
  • 9 of the Phase I Mini Hospitals have completed their 12-month defects liability period.
  • Phase II: 49 have been handed over. A balance of 27 which are complete are pending electrification and water supply. 24 sites are currently at various stages of construction.
  • ICMT equipment and training has been carried out on a total of 67 sites.

 

District Hospitals:

  • Construction work on Mfuwe site is at 40%
  • Nchelenge: 15%
  • Kazembe: 5%
  • Kitwe: 2%
  • Ndola: To start in January 2022

Over 3,500 Births Recorded at NMS-built Facilities in 2021

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Over 3,500 births and no reported maternal deaths have been recorded at NMS-built Mini Hospitals in Zambia from the start of 2021, up to end-November, as follows:

               Province               No. of deliveries

  • Luapula                      1,034
  • Lusaka                        1,942
  • Northern                       372
  • Eastern                            77
  • Central                           117
  • Muchinga                        12

Meanwhile, outpatient attendance across the six provinces across the calendar year have exceeded 130,000 visits.

ITN Film at Nakachenje Mini Hospital as Part of British Export Programme

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An ITN Productions Industry News filming crew visited Nakachenje Mini Hospital site in Lusaka on 4th November 2021 on behalf of UK Export Finance and BExA to promote the value of British Exports in Africa.

The film crew captured the fully-functioning Mini Hospital built by NMS and interviewed local people to discuss how they have benefitted from the new facility, with a focus on pre-natal and post-natal care.

Interviews with doctors and nurses were conducted to highlight how the state-of-the-art equipment was being deployed to overcome the previous challenges that the community faced in obtaining high-quality healthcare. These interviews also looked at how hospital staff are working to maintain valuable community connections.

Iain Maclean (Construction Manager), Alistair Johnson (Business Development Manager) and Chisha Kamoto (Project Support Assistant) were also interviewed on behalf of NMS, discussing the impacts that the facility has had on the local area financially. This works in conjunction with studio interviews recorded with Nick Oliver, Head of Business Development, and Ed Harkins, Head of Export Credit Financing at GKB Ventures.

A gift was presented by Iain Maclean and Chisha Kamoto on behalf of NMS to expectant mothers who attended the hospital, as well as those who have already given birth.

‘Exporting For Britain’ can be viewed on the following link: https://vimeo.com/652077197

 

HRH Chief Mwata Kazambe, awarded NMSI’s Safety Champion Badge

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Peggy Sichone, NMSI’s Health and Safety Supervisor, attended a meeting with Chief Mwata Kazambe, at the Chief’s Palace on 28th October to award him with an NMSI Safety Champion Badge that acknowledges safety standards at the highest level.

The meeting was also attended by:

  • Dr Kabamba – District Health Director
  • Aim Kushikila – Director of Works
  • Mathews Mulenga – Acting Council Secretary
  • Terrion Chungu – Council Chairperson
  • Glenda Nachinga – Council PRO
  • Paul Kabwe – Representative of Turner and Townsend

The prospective development was praised by Chief Mwata Kazambe, who expressed his optimism that the health facility will accord enhanced treatment and reduced costs in relation to referrals to neighboring districts. He pledged his support, assuring that his office will be at hand to promote project safety and ensure the smooth implementation of the Project.

NMSI Sponsor KDS Rugby Event

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NMS Infrastructure sponsored the Kondwani Dimitry Sakala Youth Rugby Tournament that was held in Lusaka on 24th April 2021 as part of its CSR programme, honoring the life of the late Kondwani Dimitry Sakala.

The KDS tournament brings together youth rugby teams from across the Lusaka region, many of which come from a low standard of living and do not have the funds or access to basic services. This tournament thereby provides a platform for local youths to showcase their talents to rugby union leaders, improving the lives of the less privileged youth within the local community. It also serves to provide the opportunity for young Zambians to play rugby, who would not otherwise have access to equipment or facilities.

The promotion of health and wellbeing within the local community is of paramount significance to NMS Infrastructure. ‘We are grateful to the Zambian government for allowing us to build a lot of hospitals across the nation’, stated NMS Business Development Manager, Alistair Johnston, ‘it fits in well with our agenda which is health for the nation because it contributes to the development of the nation.’ NMS is passionate to continue to promote health and welfare within the country and viewed the sponsoring of the KDS Tournament as a fantastic way to give back to the local community.

The Lions Rugby Club hosted seven different teams from across Lusaka, with a total of 145 male and female players present between the ages of 11-16, helping to promote rugby in Zambia. Thirteen games were played in total, with the Rhinos Rugby Club emerging victorious to win a K1000 cash prize.

The event was attended by the Sakala family and friends, Lusaka Rugby Club members, Rugby Union members, press officials and NMS employees. NMS’s sponsorship helped with vital tournament preparations, as well as towards the provision of refreshments, music, and entertainment.

Lions Rugby Club official, Akim Kabemba, stated, ‘this tournament has been hugely beneficial to both the club and the community, bringing both male and female children together to showcase their talents in the game. We would like to thank NMSI for their sponsorship as it has really helped us as a club to put this tournament together as a great success.’

Meanwhile, Kondwani Dimitry Sakala’s father, Mr. Arundel Sakala, was also in attendance to honor his son’s life, stating, ‘I am really grateful and thankful for the sponsorship rendered by NMSI in sponsoring this colorful tournament and I know my son is the happiest where he is. God bless NMSI.’

 

 

NMS Sponsored Clean-Up Leads to Royal Palace Visit

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NMS Infrastructure joined with The Bright Future Project (TBFP) in Zambia to sponsor a community-led Clean-Up Day in Chongwe on Saturday 13th March.

NMSI provided a contribution under its Built to Care CSR programme for the purchase of roofing sheets, gravel, heavy duty gloves, bin liners, trees and plants, for a team of community volunteers to undertake litter picking within the local province. The community team also planted an array of trees and plants to improve the area in which NMSI staff live and operate. As part of their mandate, TBFP participate in at least two community clean-ups each month.

In recognition of the success of the project, TBFP was invited by Chiefteness Nkomesha and Princess Nkomesha of Chongwe to visit The Royal Palace on Tuesday 16th March. The Royal Establishment of Chongwe expressed their gratitude to NMSI for supporting the community with environmental issues, assisting with the fight against climate change, and thanked NMSI for their sponsorship for the project.

TBFP’s agenda focuses on sustainable development through the creation of a circular economy and green practices. Ngozika Victoria Onyekwelu, founder of TBFP, strategized with The Royal Establishment of Chongwe on the issue of mass deforestation in Chongwe. The forest opposite the Chongwe Mini Hospital site, built as part of NMSI’s ‘Built to Care’ programme, has shrunk from 7,000 to 650 hectares and so TBFP has been tasked with suggesting alternative sources of income generation for communities that rely on charcoal burning for their livelihoods.

 

Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance and Training (ICMT) – March 2021

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Since the start of the year, the ICMT team has installed, commissioned, and trained end users at the Mini Hospitals sites at:

  1. Munkuye, Western Province
  2. Ntulo, Luapula Province
  3. Chabanya, Luapula Province
  4. Chipalo, Northern Province

Fumigation and pest control was completed at the Munkuye by the sub-contractor, Prestige Hygiene Control, on 9th January, covering the Mini Hospital, Staff Accommodation Units, and external perimeter. All Medical and Non-Medical equipment was delivered on 10th January 2021, for the ICMT team to assemble and install in allocated rooms, before commencement of assembly, installation and commissioning thereafter, until 15th January. The equipment was signed off to MOH by the Western Provincial Medical Equipment Officer, Mr. Elias Luhana, whilst District ICT Officer, Mr. M. Kibende, signed off all IT equipment.

Fumigation and pest control took place at Ntulo on 16th January, before the two containers of Medical and Non-Medical equipment were delivered on 17th January. The assembly, installation and commissioning of equipment commenced shortly after and continued until the 22nd January, when all equipment was signed off to MOH by Provincial Biomedical Engineer, Mr. Mhone Simon.

Finally, fumigation and pest control were completed by Prestige Hygiene Control at Chabanya on Saturday 29th January. The two containers of Medical and Non-Medical Equipment were delivered to site on Monday 1st February, before assembly, installation and commissioning took place until 4th February. Equipment End User training was completed from 26th to 29th January, combining staff from Ntulo and Chabanya Mini Hospitals; all of whom took necessary covid precautions to prevent infection and spread of the disease.

Ntulo was the ICMT team’s 30th facility in the Zambian Mini Hospital project, achieving the following milestones:

  1. Installation of over 7,500 items of equipment in the Mini Hospitals
  2. Training of over 217 staff in Equipment and User Maintenance
  3. Holding of three centralized GE Healthcare Equipment training workshops, with over 62 staff successfully trained to be service champions at their respective Mini Hospital