CONGO : NEWS & EVENTS
Improved Inpatient Services
- DNH is a 110 bed hospital providing referral services for a population of over 240,000.
- A new pediatric building completed in 2016 (see report from 2016) provided 42 pediatric beds.
- A new maternity completed in 2018 (as shown here), providing a total of 37 maternity beds, is now reporting on average 60 deliveries per month. One third of the deliveries at the hospital are by caesarian section.
- A system of 23 health centers is supervised by Deaconess Nundu Hospital. These health centers reported 8675 deliveries in 2018. Complicated OB as well as medical and surgical cases are referred to the hospital.
The new pediatric unit and maternity have provided for improvement of inpatient services, including the intensive care unit pictured here. These new facilities and 24 hour electricity (see report from 2018 regarding installation of solar and water systems) have sent a message of hope to the community.
Neonatal Unit Cares For At Risk Newborns
The Neonatal Unit was opened in December 2019. The first two patients included a preemie referred from a health center and another born at the hospital. As of the end of January, 15 newborns have been admitted to the neonatal unit: five low birth weight and premature, eight with early sepsis or risk of infection, and one with a congenital cardiac malformation.
The NICU has been equipped with two incubators, one radiant warmer, one CPAP, one bili blanket, one infusion pump, two infant digital scales, one adult scale, one crib, and three beds for Kangaroo Mother Care.
Reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality rate is the goal of this project. Staff is being trained to provide neonatal care in a way that was not previously possible. High risk mothers are being identified with the plan to reduce life threatening delays in referral to the hospital. Partners and individual gifts are needed to sustain this program going forward.
Your Contributions Help With. . .
- Staff salary subsidies for doctors, nurses and staff
- Hospital maintenance
- The cost of patient care for those who are unable to pay (Pediatric inpatient care, including treatment of malaria and infections such as pneumonia and gastroenteritis, is estimated to be $25 to $50/patient.)
- The purchase of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
- Hospital equipment, with the plan to purchase an X-ray in 2020
Nundu School of Nursing
- The school trains nurses to work in the hospital and in health centers in the Nundu Health Zone.
- Founded in 1998, curriculum will be updated in 2020.
- Nursing students pictured here are being instructed in the prevention of the spread of Ebola.
- Funds from International Child Care Ministries made these washing stations available to schools.
Your continued prayers and support are greatly appreciated.
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