2 of the Maternity Wing Extension at St. Luke’s Hospital, Mpwapwa,
which has been funded by DfID (UK Government) through its Small
Grants Scheme is now fully completed and will allow the Maternity
Wing to cater for all expectant mothers, and not just those who are
predicted to have a 'normal' childbirth,
as were coped with
in the Delivery
Suite that was completed last June.
Since the foundations for the Theatre and (Equipment) Sterilisation Unit,
laid at the beginning of February 2005, the construction team have worked
tirelessly to produce a very pleasing result. Also, enough concrete blocks for
next phase have also been made.
foundations were levelled and filled with inorganic
spoil which was all
down; ready to lay the hardcore and concrete floors.
All of this was very labour intensive as very few mechanical aids are
was taken at the same time to excavate a pit for a block of 6 (Long-drop) Latrines
to serve the unit, so that the resulting spoil could be
used for reducing the
soil needed to be brought in from off-site. Whilst
work on the foundations progressed, the carpenters completed the doorframes and windows so that these could be built into the
superstructure as work proceeded to ensure a secure bond.
superstructure walls were topped with a Reinforced Ring Beam to give protection
in the event of an earthquake.
Roofing works followed on using locally available Termite resistant timbers.
The walls were rendered externally and plastered internally.
Initial decoration works were carried out prior to the terrazzo works, and were
completed soon thereafter.
A team of
Terrazzo experts from Hainan International Ltd based in Dar es Salaam were
brought in to complete flooring works in the Theatre, Sterilisation Room and Changing Room.
The already completed delivery suite,
on 8th July 2005 by the District Commissioner of Mpwapwa, Col (Rtd.) Enos Mfuru, will
allow those with known safe
to give birth in a clean safe environment – adding this theatre and its
associated facilities will ensure that all complications and emergencies can be
given equal opportunity.
has now added an additional ward, independent
of the main building to allow those recovering from Caesareans not to take up
bed space for those able to give birth normally.
give thanks to God for everyone who has made this possible.