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Prostate Cancer Awareness Talk at Kumawu

By Fomena, Press, Uncategorized

A health talk on prostate cancer was delivered to 268 workers at the Kumawu District Hospital site on 13th February.

Three health professionals visited the site to engage workers on varied topics relating to prostate cancer, including:

  • What prostate cancer is
  • The causes of prostate cancer
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Risk factors
  • Diagnosis and treatment

2022 Project Progress

By Press, Progress

Works on the Ghana Healthcare Project have progressed well across 2022, with two of the three facilities nearing completion and due to be handed over early in 2023.

The advanced payment was received in January 2022, following which a kick-off meeting with Ministry of Health representatives on the project execution plan was conducted. Pre-construction works began in February with the clearance of vegetation, fumigation, and the deep cleaning of buildings.

In March, NMSI site teams fully deployed to Fomena, Kumawu and Takoradi with construction works ramping up in earnest. Welfare facilities and temporary offices were established to enable respective construction teams to work efficiently and comfortably. In parallel, the Purchasing & Logistics team revalidated supply lines, as well as testing equipment that had been stored in-country and replaced all consumables which had expired.

Prior to relaunch, NMSI’s Environmental Team visited all three sites to assess any changes to the surrounding conditions, producing a Gap Analysis report to the ESIAs for the District Hospitals and staff accommodation as agreed between NMSI and UKEF; with renewed environmental permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for Fomena and Kumawu in January and for Takoradi in March. Since, the environmental team have been conducting fortnightly checks across all sites for air and noise pollution, fuel, waste and traffic management as well as the protection of vegetation. The results of these were submitted via the bi-annual monitoring report on environmental and social compliance to UKEF which was subsequently accepted.

The recruitment of logistics and Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance & Training (ICMT) teams for the project was completed in May, before the first containers containing IT, medical and non-medical equipment were shipped in July. The ICMT team over the past six months have been focused on writing standard operating procedures, training notes, as well as performance verification and acceptance testing protocols all in time for the equipment to be installed at Fomena.

Site inspections were carried out on all three sites by the Infrastructure Directorate in June and October, with the Minister of Health and other representatives visiting in August, who were pleased to report good progress on the project.

As the year draws to a close, Fomena and Takoradi enter the final stages of completion, with snagging and equipment installation taking place over December and January. To ensure the timely completion of Kumawu and offer further job opportunities, a number of labourers who haveworked at Fomena and Takoradi will move to Kumawu in the new year to support construction efforts with targeted completion in March 2023.

Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening

By Uncategorized

The month of October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness around the world and at Fomena, a team of public health nurses from the District Directorate of Health were invited to educate workers on-site. Topics of discussion included:

  • What breast cancer is
  • What the causes of breast cancer are
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Those at risk
  • Treatment

85 workers from Fomena attended the session on 19th October, with 12 female workers undergoing on-site screening.

Malaria & Typhoid Fever Awareness and Prevention

By Press, Progress

On 17th October, health educators from the Ghana Health Services attended the Kumawu Hospital site, to give health talks on prevention methods for malaria and typhoid.

The prevalence of both diseases is very high in this area due to the vegetation. Indeed, in September 2022, of 75 people that visited the Kumawu Polyclinic, 70 tested positive for malaria.

A total of 240 workers participated in the awareness training, with treated mosquito bed nets distributed to all.

Suicide Prevention

By Press, Progress

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), an estimated 703,000 people a year take their life around the world. The WHO established 10th September as the World Suicide Prevention Day and as such, workers at Takoradi undertook training on suicide awareness and prevention.

Workers were taken through work and non-work related factors that could lead to suicidal thoughts, with discussions focusing on:

  • Risks factors that could lead to suicidal ideation
  • How to manage work-related risk factors
  • How to manage non-work-related risk factors
  • Signs that someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts
  • How to support someone showing such signs
  • Showing of care and support for each other at work

HIV/AIDS Training at Kumawu

By Kumawu, Press, Uncategorized

On 9th September, two health educators from Kumawu Polyclinic conducted training at the Kumawu Hospital site to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the use of HIV/AIDS prevention methods.

Between January to July 2022, a total of 170 people from the surrounding area were screened for HIV, with 19 of those testing positive. With the number of recorded infections increasing, training included the identification of symptoms, stages of HIV/AIDs and the safe use of condoms. 217 workers in total participated, with condoms distributed to all.

Safety Innovation at Takoradi

By Press, Takoradi

On 24th August, an occupational health day was organized with the local hospital, in which hypertension awareness and screening were conducted on site at Takoradi. Two nurses from Ghana Health Service delivered talks surrounding the risk factors of hypertension, prevention, treatment, and control.

Four workers displayed hypertensive indicators that were beyond the medically acceptable ranges and their movements and activities will be monitored on site. Workers were appreciative of the exercise and have requested visits of other field experts to site.

2021 Project Overview

By Press, Uncategorized

Continued activity on site at Fomena and Kumawu, with refinement throughout the year on re-establishing supply chains, procurement, sourcing new suppliers, sub-contractor negotiations, design co-ordination and the programme via weekly meetings have provided the confidence that these facilities will be delivered within updated contractual timelines. Full-scale construction works are expected to
commence in Q1 2022, post funding effectiveness.

In preparation for this, gradual mobilisation has started with Stephen Bush (GM) in country, new office premises identified, HSE & Office Managers hired and a flurry of interviews for other positions underway.

The final paperwork required to make the loan effective has now been received by Barclays and the lenders. This marks a major milestone in completing these facilities and NMSI are most grateful to the work undertaken by the Ministries of Health and Finance in enabling this.


Dodowa Hospital; 5 Years On

By Dodowa, Press, Progress

The Shai-Osudoku Hospital was the first facility within the Ghana Health Programme and was handed over to the Ministry of Health early in 2016.

Following a tour of the District Health Facility in April 2018, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Marshidiso Moeti, identified the NMSI built Hospital at Dodowa as possibly a new benchmark for health facilities in Africa in terms of infrastructure and service delivery. “This facility is unique and is setting the standard for the region and I am so impressed about everything here”, she said.

In terms of delivery outcomes, the hospital has outperformed UN SDG3, setting high standards worth emulating across the Continent.

Dr Moeti also vowed that the facility’s operational strategy and successes were something she was going to learn more about in order to replicate the system in other health institutions in Ghana, and across Africa.

Indeed, the facility declared its mission for zero tolerance for maternal deaths and has since handover, continued with this commitment to achieving zero maternal deaths over the years.

Medical Director, Dr Kennedy Brightson, has restated his team’s commitment to the highest standards of patient care while striving to maintain the hospital and its landscaped surroundings to the highest standards.

Dodowa Hospital is now the leading hospital in the Shai-Osudoku region, serving a catchment area of 250,000 population (up from 50,000 catchment of the old hospital it replaced), with patients coming from as far as Burkina Faso and Togo.


Presidential Visit to Fomena Hospital Site

By Fomena, Press, Progress, Uncategorized

President Akufo-Addo, together with the Hon. Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, local MPs and traditional Chiefs visited the 120-bed facility at Fomena Hospital on 4th November 2020 to inspect the progress made.

Fred Hsu and Kwadwo Oware represented NMSI and guided the President and officials on their tour of the facilities. The NMSI-Soland team has successfully transformed the site from ‘dormancy’ into a vibrant construction site in just a few weeks.

The event was a great success in showcasing the quality of workmanship in advance of the reactivation of the UKEF-backed loan and was attended by several hundred guests, including Ghana Health Service employees and local stakeholders.