A new pharmacist Sr. Columba Kim OSB from South Korea joined hospital staff.
On the 9th January meeting of clinical staff from hospitals in the Mtwara and Lindi regions took place. The topic was "Trauma" and the venue was Mtwara Regional Hospital. Presentations were given by staff from Mtwara, Lindi and Nyangao hospitals.
The main topics of the meeting were: to share awareness of growing significant medical problems - road accidents as a major cause of trauma, and how to be better prepared to deal with them by improving the education of medical personnel, to equip hospitals with basic facilities allowing them to treat traumatic patients, and to demand more effective prevention measures from the government.
Rhe participants decided to continue these of meetings quarterly at different hospital sites.
The hospital was equiped with fire extinguishers.
Three German medical students Annette Mathan, Annegreth Leuser and Marlon Kain arrived at Nyangao Hospital for one month's practical experience. They donated very important minor equipment including sphygmomanometers and thermometers.
Dr. Winfried Zacher, a Health Consultant who is helping to establish the Nursing School in Nyangao arrived from Germany. He presented the Strategic Plan for the Nursing School (chapter entitled Nursing School).
On 17th April a regional Scientific Meeting took place in Lindi Regional Hospital "Highlights in Neonatology and Pediatrics".
From Nyangao Hospital Dr. Sandra Subtil, Pediatrician presented topic "The three big killers" on the three major causes of newborn death, Dr. Stanislous Wambyakale, Pediatrician presented an "Update on Pediatric HIV/AIDS" and Dr. Ryszard Jankiewicz, Surgeon presented "Pediatric Surgery in Nyangao Hospital". Many doctors from neighbouring hospitals participated in the discussions. Next meeting is planned place for September in Masasi.
On 20th April the first "Advanced Neonatal Care Seminar" was held at our hospital, featuring theoretical and practical sessions on neonatal diseases, resuscitation and triage. 11 doctors and 3 anesthetic nurses enjoyed a day of interactive learning and productive discussions.
Further seminars are planned for our nursing staff, as the hospital is getting ready for the opening of the neonatal care unit later this year.
In one of our staff premises (St. Tekla) dangerous fire started caused by electrical fault. Fortunately use of newly posesed fire extinguishers helped to put out the fire.
Mr. George Lambert IT Professional from VSO installed in Nyangao Hospital - hospital information management system and wireless local area network.
20th of May took place a meeting of new appointed Hospital Board of Directors.
May 2013 - A generous donation from Sister Columba on behalf of the nurses of Daegu Fatima Hospital, South Korea, included 65 boxes of 2cc syringes and 24 bottles of quinine syrup for use in paediatrics and neonates.
On 26 of June official opening of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Outpatient Department (Raphaela) Pharmacy took place.
PDF NICU history and present
PDF NICU opening ceremony
OPD Pharmacy after initial period of sharing place with the main Hospital Pharmacy has moved to new, renowed premises.
X-ray Unit received new ventilation system and new container for the room where are developed x-ray films.
Thanks to generosity of Benedictines Prokutator from Germany Br. Dr. Ansgar Stuefe was possible to establish new, very effective and less expensive than older one satellite internet connection via new technology system Yahclick.
Continuous education is taking place during morning meetings almost every Wednesday this time about blood groups.
A Dutch couple, Ellen Somers Nutricion Professional and Menno Bakker Medical Doctor, both from VSO joined hospital staff for period of one year.
After almost one year break Dr. Daniela Kietzmann, German anesthetist working in Sweden visited our hospital again and worked with us trained our anesthetic personnel.
Thanks to her effort hospital received three excellent pulsoximeters as well as minor anesthetic equipment and surgical materials.
Two Clinical Officers start working in Nyangao Hospital after completing study
Innocent Hoza Emmanuel Ndanu
On the end of this month Dr. Winfried Zacher, Health Consultant from SES Germany arrived to support preparations for establishment Nursing School in Nyangao Hospital. We are very grateful for his enormous help.
A Dutch doctor Djoke Douma-den Hamer, VSO working formerly in Ndolage Hospital joined our staff.
Clinical Officer Angelus Makota start working in Nyangao Hospital
Extensive works of construction Nursing School tutors houses started.
The Australian benefactors Dave and Kerry Rickards made a fantastic donation for St Walburg's Hospital: A Glostavent Anaesthesia machine for the obstetric / gynae theatre and a Baby-CPAP machine including oxygen / compressed air delivery machine which was recently developed by Diamedica (UK) Ltd.
This Baby bubble CPAP will be able to save premature neonates with RDS or infants with respiratory distress from pneumonia who are admitted to the new neonatal ICU. This means a great and important improvement in the care for the youngest patients at St Walburg's Hospital.
We are extremely grateful for the donors, Dr. Daniela Kietzmann and UK company Diamedica Ltd for helping us to receive that very important equipment.
Donated equipment during unpacking.
The first meeting of the Board of Directors for the new nursing school was held this month.
After a period of long preparation, the first intake included 45 students; 35 male and 10 female.
The official opening celebration of the school is scheduled for April.
On 8th March, Bishop B. Ngonyani carried out a a blessing celebration of the new nursing school.
On March 25th, a meeting was held for all staff with Bishop B. Ngonyani, Vicar General, DMO and representative of RMO. The agenda included the recent difficulties and challenges with the hospital management team.
Doctor Bertram Makotha was appointed as the new doctor in charge. The position of administrator will be held temporarily by Joseph Njenga, former human resources officer. The post of acting principal of newly opened Nursing School is held by Ms.Germane Nkane.
On 11th April, the Nurses and Midwives Board of Tanzania informed us that Nyangao's Nursing school is officially approved and can start to operate a normal teaching program.
On 30th May all hospital staff celebrated May Day and the Florence Nightingale Nurses Day. The four best hospital workers were presented with awards. From left: Assistant Nurse Bakari Mnunduma, Nurse Margareth Mpunga, Dr. Sr. Fausta Liundi, and driver Rainald Mnembuka.
Mr. James Davies a VSO volunteer who had recently left the hospital, donated his final salary to buy essential items for the laboratory.
Donated items with Mr. Mtalika, his successor.
Mr. John Ngondo was appointed as new Hospital Administrator.
Hospital was visited by group of 12 members of Project C.U.R.E. from USA one of the biggest NGO distributing medical equipment and materials to over 100 countries. There is a big hope that Nyangao Hospital can be included to such form of support. The group was invited by Sr. Raphaela Haendler OSB and RMO from Lindi.
A new appointed President of Action Medeor from Germany Mr. Sigfrid Thomasen decided to pay his first visit to Tanzania and to Nyangao Hospital. He is in Raphael Pharmacy self sustainable unit supporting Nyangao Hospital which was established with support of Action Medeor.
On November 14 - 16 took place at Amsterdam Symposium on SURGERY IN LOW RESOURCE SETTINGS organized by Netherlands Society for International Surgery and Deutsche Gesellshaftfur Tropenchirurgie. There were 326 participants from 23 countries.
Thanks to invitation from organizers Sr. Dr. Fausta Liundi and surgeon Dr. R. Jankiewicz get a chance to participate and to present topics "Practical ideas that facilitate work in St. Walburg's Hospital Nyangao, Tanzania" and "Why doctors from western countries should come to work in low resource settings. Or why not?"
Doctor Djoka with her husband Marc completed their VSO contract and left hospital going to home country Netherlands. Marc who is a paint artist left his picture showing Nyangao Bondeni, now decorating our library room.
Mr. Rudi Rottmann Consultant in the field of financial administration from Senior Expert Service, Germany arrived to help management of our hospital.
Dr. Samdumar C. Arias from Phillipines, VSO join our hospital staff and is in Charge of Pediatric Department.