One Saturday morning in December, Tim and I drove to the northern edge of Lusaka. We live in the southeast part of Lusaka, and the hospital is just north of the city. Across the street from the hospital is the Olympic Youth Development Centre, where the children of Zambia can go to practice sports. There is a track and field, several swimming pools, a weight room, football (soccer) fields, etc. The hospital has a football team, made up from various departments – maintenance, reception, kitchen, laundry, etc. We went to watch a match – great fun!
The hospital has numerous opportunities for maintenance. While Tim doesn’t usually do the work, he is very involved in the process. Reviewing the potential tasks, setting a budget, arranging for the procurement of parts and tools, assigning the men, checking the progress – he is a project manager in many areas.
Last fall, it was determined that the incinerator needed a new smokestack. This incinerator is used to burn the hospital’s medical waste. About four months earlier, a smokestack had been made on site, using a thin sheet metal. The corrosive smoke eroded the smokestack, and it was clear that a replacement was needed. After watching the football match, we walked across the street to the hospital to watch the installation of the new smokestack. The new smokestack was ready-made, and made from a thicker gauge metal than was previously used. It also was painted with paint, to further protect it from corrosion. The maintenance workers removed the old stack and a new one was welded into place. This smokestack is holding up much better than the earlier one!