Work is moving along quickly at the Mirebalais National Teaching Hospital. Hurricane Irene passed by with little more disturbance than rain luckily. The electrical crew has arrived and is making impressive progress.
Wiring in major parts of the new facility is now in place.
This week the crew completed running conduit and pulling wire in the Outpatient, Women’s Clinic, Community Health, Endoscopy and Pharmacy buildings. Furthermore, they have finished the Main Electrical Room switchgear in building 4.1 (mechanical, kitchen and laundry) and have begun running conduit and installing panel boxes in building 2.1 (labor and delivery).
All this was done in less than three weeks. Also, thanks to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) we will have permanent power to the site within 10 days!
The wall tile in the kitchen is complete and the crew can now start on the floor tile. Once the tile is complete, they will be able to start installing cabinetry and equipment. The tile work is almost complete in multiple bathrooms, including those of Outpatient, Women’s Clinic and Community Health.
In late August, Paul Farmer made a visit to the site. This was a very exciting day for everyone as they were happy to be able to show him the progress that has been made.
With tiles up, the walls begin to look more like a hospital.
(update from February 22, 2011)
Mirebalais Teaching Hospital is quickly rising in the Central Plateau of Haiti.
The walls have been erected for six of the buildings—the women’s outpatient clinic, the ambulatory clinic, the emergency room, the women’s triage, the labor and delivery unit, and the community health clinic.
Additionally, the workers’ camp is almost complete, so the non-local workers will soon have an on-site residence. After the hospital has been inaugurated, the workers’ camp will be turned into medical student dorms.
Every day, the construction employs over 100 workers, approximately 95 percent of whom are Haitians laborers, masons, and carpenters from Mirebalais and nearby towns.
This week, a 280’ well was drilled, and groundwork was laid for the third and final well that will converge into the hospital’s extensive water pipe system. This is in addition to the well created for community use by Mirebalais residents.
The construction of this new hospital will bring to bear all that Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante have learned over the past 25 years about hospital design that serves health care delivery, provides a dignified setting for patients in very poor settings, and allows health professionals to train and develop new skills. Workers broke ground on the facility on July 3, 2010. When completed it will house 320 beds, serve an estimated 450 - 500 patients a day, and help to train Haiti's next generation of doctors, nurses and medical workers.
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