SFH monthly bulletin March 2021- Read the news and adopt a project!

This is the third issue of the new St Francis’ Hospital Bulletin with interesting news for and about donors and partners. Read about Tim Legge and the Christian Aware Team who provided funds for the procurement of school requisites for a new hospital initiative. The hospital has set up a project to teach the ‘waiters’ – young pregnant women staying on  the hospital premises awaiting their delivery. Many of these young women, often still girls, have missed ut on their formal education. In this hospital project they are being taught by the teachers under special education of Jersey School. The first lesson was done on april 2021.
Read all news items in the Volume March bulletin and download it here.

Also the building housing the oxygen plant is making progress, and the new Physio Department is at its final stages of construction.

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MSG reports: Physio block nearly ready

On April 9 the Dutch MSG (stfrancishospital-msg.nl) received reports from project manager Mr Chungu stating the progress of building the new Physio Department. The reports show that the building is going quite according to schedule. The builder is the Zambian contractor Top Firm.
The Dutch charity Wilde Ganzen (Wild Geese – English page) supported this MSG project with a contribution of 50% of the total project money, e.g. 50 cents to every Euro raised by MSG itself.


St Francis’ Hospital news bulletin no 2.-Read the news!

Here you can download the new issue of the St Francis Hospital Bulletin, the February/March issue. In this issue: the Muslim community in Eastern Province pledged materials to finish the building which is to house the brand new Oxygen Plant donated by the Friends of St Francis’ Hospital, the building of the new Physio Block is well on its way and hospital staff was trained in Pulmonary Resuscitation.

If you have any questions to ask the Hospital management, please consult our contact page on this website.

Representatives of the Muslim Community in Eastern Province touring the Oxygen Plant with MSI Dr Lalick Banda and Senior Hospital Administrator Mr Fred Ntongwe.

Oxygen plant at St Francis’ Hospital

Mr Andrew Cairns of the Friends of St Francis’ Katete Charitable Trust reports on 18 february 2021 that the oxygen plant has now arrived at St Francis’ Hospital.  The plant is located between York Ward, Theatre and the Laboratory.  The building to house the plant is under construction. Mr Cairns wishes to thank everybody who kindly donated towards this project.
The Friends of St Francis’ are now trying to raise funds to pipe oxygen to the wards and also to provide the plant with an uninterruptible power supply.

Most of the electrical power in Zambia is provided by hydro-electricity principally from Lake Kariba, Kafue Gorge and the Luapula River.  Towards the end of the dry and at the beginning of the wet seasons (the dry season is normally from March to October), water levels dwindle – reducing capacity.  With a growing population, there is not enough power to go around and therefore power cuts are the norm.  Whilst the hospital has two rather old electricity generators that run on diesel during the power cuts, they are very expensive to run.  Zambia has an abundance of sunlight so it is logical to consider solar energy to power the oxygen plant.
If you would like to make a donation to pipe oxygen to the wards and for solar energy for the oxygen plant, please click here: donate.  As the Friends of St Francis Katete is a Charitable Trust, UK tax-payers can Gift Aid the donation.  If this applies to you, please tick the relevant box when making the donation.

Logie Legacy: for a closer working relationship with partners

The Logie Legacy has secured a a capacity building Scottish Government grant to explore how our partnership with the hospital has functioned over the years with a view to learning lessons from the past and to strengthen their engagement going forward. An important element in the contribution of the Logie Legacy has been to foster closer relationships with other partners involved with St Francis Hospital. A highlight was the European Partners weekend back in November 2019 with a follow up Zoom meeting in May last year. Some excellent ideas emerged from these events. The Logie Legacy proposes to hold another Zoom Meeting – possibly in April 2021.

Informal discussion at the partners’ meeting in Scotland

New: SFH Monthly bulletin – read here!

Message from the Superintendent Dr Lalick Banda:
“Welcome to the first monthly bulletin for St Francis’ Hospital. It is my sincere hope that through this monthly bulletin we will be able to share with our colleagues and partners the various developmental milestones at the hospital, our aspirations and the challenges we are facing as an institution.

Download the bulletin here.

Part of the hospital management in a meeting

Management addressing the staff

Annual Report 2019

In December 2020 the SFH Annual Report 2019 was published. Those interested can download it here.

Update on Covid-19 situation

Ms Chaze Sisamba, Social Worker, reports

Ms Chaze Sibamba, Social Worker at St Francis’ Hospital reports:
“More measures have been put in place, handwashing points have been put around the hospital and at the Main Entrance, all clients coming in the hospital have to go through the triage shelter which is just somewhere outside, where they are asked of any history of travel and other questions related to covid. The guards at the entrance always have boxes for the face masks, given to all clients entering the hospital.
Bedsiders are not allowed in the wards to avoid congestions, only one person is allowed but are also adivised to stay outside the ward and only enter when needed. They not allowed to bring children.

Testing was mandatory but now the government changed the system to only test individuals with suspected symptoms. So now at OPD there room 9 tis being used for swabbing and testing clients. Room 6 is being used as a holding room for clients that do not look too stable.. If the condition is bad the District Office is informed, who then evacuate the patient to Kalindawalo Isolation center.
The stable clients are given treatment and then sent home to self isolate. The positive thing is that the number of days for isolation was reduced from 14 days to only 5 days. After 5 days one is required to come back for a re-test, if positive again another 5 days of quarantaine is obligatory. I feel the decision was brought to reduce the shortages.
Students from the nursing school are back, so they are actually assisting a lot at the wards.

The schools date of opening was delayed by 2 weeks from 18th January to 1st February. This was after the president directed that all schools must put covid preventive measures in place, and yesterday on ZNBC news the media went to schools to check if all was in place. From my observation and what was being reported it seems most schools had prepared well.”

RIP Mr Bruno Mwale

Since the Covid-19 situation deteriorated many more Zambians caught the disease, among whom Bruno Mwale, Senior Public Healthy Officer at St Francis’ Hospital since 2011. Our sincere condolences go to his family, relatives and friends. May he rest in Peace.

Ms Chaze Sibamba, Social Worker at St Francis’ Hospital:
“In spite of the fact that mr Mwale was refered to Kalindawalo isolation center in Petauke and was taken there by ambulance, he unfortunately passed Sunday mid mornings. Its really a big loss for the hospital and quite sad.”

Covid situation getting worse

Chaze Sibamba, Social Welfare Officer at SFH, reports on 22 January 2021:
“The last number of cases announced in the clinical meeting was over 80; doctors, nurses, and other workers at the hospital had tested positive.
Thankfully enough a good number recovered, tested negative and they have been reporting back for work.
At St Francis unfortunately we don’t have a covid isolation ward, critical cases are still being reffered to Petauke to Kalindawalo Hospital.

So far 5 patients from Katete were taken to Petauke. Among them is a member of staff at SFH, his condition was not too good and they had to refer him in an ambulance.
The second wave here in Zambia has taken away so many lives it’s really sad and scary, we only hope the vaccine will help, although there has been a lot of misconception over the vaccine. Some fear it’s not safe that it comes with a lot of bad effects..
And a lot of sensitisation will need to be done by the government to help people understand.

It’s also sad that up to now here in Katete people are still not masking up, especially in the markets. However, in the shops a lot of effort has been made to advise people to mask up.”

So far this not too good news from Chaze Sibamba in her report to MSG.