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Much Appreciated Mechanic Visit

November 23, 2011 in News

On October 15th Phil Horne arrived at Chitokoloki from Ireland and once again as in many previous visits he has been a tremendous blessing and help. It seems that the number of vehicles and equipment needing to be maintained is always increasing and Phil has been kept busy with trucks, tractors, engines, mills, pick-ups and many other “challenges”. We greatly appreciate his willingness to come and help and also the very hard work and so much that was done during the 6 weeks that he was at Chitokoloki.

Surgical workload continuing to increase

November 10, 2011 in Hospital

During the last half of the year the number of patients coming for surgery continues to increase. Recently there have been several special weeks allocated for specific types of surgical cases which include orthopaedics, plastic, cataracts, fistula and they have even done a couple hip replacements.

The above is all in addition to the regular work load and the emergencies and also visits are done on a regular basis almost evert week to one of the other mission hospitals for surgical cases.

Chitokoloki Plane has been busy

November 10, 2011 in News

The Cessna 206 plane that arrived in Zambia near the end of last year was finally after many delays registered and approved by the DCA and started flying right after all approvals were received in late December.

Since the first of the year it has flown over 650 hours and has been a tremendous help to visitors, missionaries, patients and also done numerous medical trips between Chitokoloki and the other mission hospitals.

Not having a pilot based at Chitokoloki we have greatly appreciated the help of several who have undertaken the responsibility of piloting and we are indebted to them, Philip Grove, Larry Franklin and Don Amborsky.

Clean well water

November 10, 2011 in News

For the past few years Ken Wagler along with other men have been coming to Chitokoloki drilling wells in the villages and on the mission.

This year they have had tremendous success and all the wells drilled are still working even after going through most of the 8 months of dry season. The wells at the hospital and the school are  pumping all day and still supplying the needed water and in 2 hours of sun the pump is up;adding over 5,000 litres of water into a storage tank.

Solar Power

November 6, 2011 in News

The hospital for the first time now has 24 hour power generated by a few banks of solar batteries, a large battery storage area and an inverter.  The new system is able to handle almost all the hospital demands, which include some very power hungry equipment. More solar and electrical equipment is en route to Zambia from Canada and another team is expected in January to continue the upgrades.