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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

Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance and Training (ICMT); November 2020

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The planned Equipment End User Training was held at Nachibibi Mini Hospital and completed between 3 – 5 November 2020, covering the following facilities in the Luapula and Central Provinces:

  • Edgar Changwa Lunga
  • Chengo
  • Mwimbula
  • Katikulula
  • Katondo
  • Makululu

Fumigation and pest control was carried out at the Edgar Chagwa Lungu and Chengo Mini Hospitals on 21/22 November, before the Installation, Commissioning and Acceptance testing of Medical and Non-Medical Equipment commenced on the 24/25 November. This was signed off by the Provincial Biomedical Engineer and IT specialist on 28 November 2020.

The two teams moved to Katondo and Makululu Mini Hospital sites in completion of Installation, Commissioning and Acceptance testing on 30 November 2020.

 

Upgrading Zambia’s Healthcare System

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NMSI’s project to construct 108 Mini Hospital and five 80-bed District Hospital in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Health, is beginning to bear fruit and make a real different in the surrounding communities to where these facilities are being constructed.  GE Healthcare, strategic supply partners for the project, caught with up Sister Felistus and Sister Miriam who are based at one of these brand new Mini Hospitals.

Full video on Youtube – https://youtu.be/W6pPeUpvb1A

Amendment to Programme

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A request to amend the Zambian Hospital Facilities programme from 3 x 200-bed hospitals to 5 x 80-bed facilities has been received from the Ministry of Health Zambia. NMSI is correlating details for discussion and approval by UKEF. This will provide greater coverage of healthcare support to the people of Zambia and is as a result of a review by the Ministry of Health of their ongoing needs due to the Pandemic.

The new 80-bed facilities will be constructed at Chifunabuli, Kashikishi and Munungu within the Luapula Province; Mfuwe in the Eastern Province; and Chifubu within the Copperbelt Province. Recce’s have already been completed by NMSI’s pre-construction team at Munungu and Chifubu.

Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance and Training (ICMT)

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The ICMT team completed the assembly, installation and commissioning of all medical and non-medical equipment at Chisembe Mini Hospital site on 26th July. This was signed off by the MOH by Luapula Provincial Biomedical Officer, Mr. Gibson Zulu, on 27th July. IT equipment was signed off by Simon Mhone;  representative of the Luapula Provincial Health Officer.

End User Training was carried out from 8th to 10th August which combined Chisembe and Katungulu Mini Hospital staff who converged at Katungulu. All trainees wore masks and gloves to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19.

GE equipment application centralised training was held at Mongu District Hospital, as well as Mansa District Hospital at the end of August. The training was done in a combination of a remote theoretical session presented on TEAMS, with in-person practical sessions supported by a specialist from the University Teaching Hospital; Lusaka.

All trainees were presented with certificates at the end of the training.

 

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.