Hospital Construction

drone view of completely white roof of eye block

 

The story so far

 

Meet the Construction Project Manager

I am Frederic DEGY, project manager and representative of the company Fortis Logistique. It is an honour for me as a Franco-Congolese to have the responsibility of leading this project which aims to help the populations of northern Congo and the Congo Basin in general. Fortis is a local company created in 2009 and employs about 250 people. It has a presence throughout the country, with a base at Pointe-Noire, at Brazzaville and at Ouesso since 2016. The great challenge of this project is the isolation of this area and the supply of tools and materials. The fact that we are in the transport business makes us a good partner who can both transport the materials and carry out the construction to international standards.

Photo caption: Fred (first on the right) with volunteer engineer Jason Kalb, founders Henri and Joyce Samoutou, and volunteer engineer Jack Eisenbach

 

The Construction Plan

The land acquired by New Sight has an area of 6 hectares (60,000 m2) and we have currently fenced off only 2 hectares (20,000 m2)

The building will include :

The building will also be an environmentally friendly, as it will be 95% self-sufficient in water and electricity, thanks to an electrical supply via solar panels.

 

What’s been done

 

What’s being done now

 

What’s to be done

 

Hospital Floor Plan

 

The Latest Update

 

Week of 11 December 2023

On site works ongoing: grass installation resumed, with the guards watering every night; fencing and east canal culvert installation and backfilling.


Grass growing at the northeast façade

Top soil delivered for grass installation

 


Perimeter fence on the north side

Additional intermediary fence on the west side

 


East canal manhole and culvert

East canal culvert installation

East canal culvert installation ongoing

East canal backfill on top of culvert

 

 

Week of 27 August 2023

Ezra does the grand finale of construction updates in his summer holidays!

See how much progress has been made and imagine with him how we can help the community!

 

Week of 14 July 2023

For the first two weeks of this month, several works have been ongoing: windows adjustment, fans and ceiling lights installation, fibreglass installation, floor tiling, building side walls framing, and external sink wall tiling.


Windows adjustment

Fans and ceiling lights installation

 


Fibreglass installation

Floor tiling

 


Building side walls framing

External sink wall tiling

 

Week of 28 July 2023

Imagine you’re a patient, coming to our hospital for the first time! Let Ezra help you …

 

Week of 21 July 2023

Ezra is back in Ouesso for summer holidays and he’s taken over the construction updates!
See what he’s surprised about when he sees the space in person, and what mummy Joyce is happy about!

 

The Samoutou kids visit on 16 July

Cherissa, Ezra and Karis join their parents to visit the construction site of the eye block of the hospital. They posed with the panel, generator, ceiling hatch and fan, reception and consultation area. Look how excited they were! And we join them in gratefulness for the encouraging progress.


Karis posing with the electrical panel

Ezra the muscleman posing with the generator

 


Henri, Karis and Ezra going to explore the ceiling hatch

Cherissa and Ezra acting as nurses bringing an unwilling patient Karis for treatment? Be gentle, kids!

 


Ezra the patient and the lovely receptionist Karis

The groundbreaking wall sank as the ground levelled and the kids appear to have a growth spurt!

 

Week of 14 July 2023

For the first two weeks of this month, several works have been ongoing: windows adjustment, fans and ceiling lights installation, fibreglass installation, floor tiling, building side walls framing, and external sink wall tiling.


Windows adjustment

Fans and ceiling lights installation

 


Fibreglass installation

Floor tiling

 


Building side walls framing

External sink wall tiling

 

Week of 30 June 2023

Our June construction video shows that the solar panels have been fitted, internal walls are now up, the plumbing and incinerator have been installed, and the team is now working on the electrics, solar panels, air-conditioning, ceiling framing, as well as continuing with windows, tiling and paintwork.

 

Week of 13 May 2023

The eye block is looking impressive! Building exterior wall plastering and painting are ongoing as are works on the lintel and the concrete pavement. In the interior, work on floor tiling, plumbing and pipes, and door and window edges continue.

Hospital building south side view - 13 May 2023
Eye block south view
Hospital building north west view construction 13 May 2023
Eye block northwest view

 

Hospital building north east view construction 13 May 2023
Eye block northeast view
Hospital construction northeast view - 13 May 2023
Eye block northeast view

 

Hospital construction reception and corridor - 13 May 2023
Reception and corridor
Hospital Construction - Inpatient area and corridor - 13 May 2023
Inpatient area and corridor

 

Week of 30 April 2023

These aerial photos show the overall progress being made on the site:

Aerial view side approach
Aerial view top approach

 

Throughout April, work continued on: plumbing work, brick laying, interior wall plastering, window edge finishing, roofing work, wall painting in inpatient area, wall painting in nurse station, operation theatre walls forming, floor tiling in inpatient area, floor screed pouring, manhole forming, and rainwater collector slab reinforcement.

 

Interior wall plastering
Interior wall plastering
Window edge finishing
Window edge finishing

 

Roofing work
Roofing work
Wall painting in the inpatient area
Wall painting in the inpatient area

 

Nurse station walls
Wall painting in nurse station
Operation theatre walls forming
Operation theatre walls forming

 

Floor tiling in inpatient area
Floor tiling in inpatient area

Floor-screed pouring

 

Manhole forming
Manhole forming
Rainwater collector slab reinforcement
Rainwater collector slab reinforcement

 

Week of 10 April 2023

Joyce reports that tiles are laid down – every tile represents the support we have received.

 

Week of 31 March 2023

Over the month, great progress has been made in several areas: plumbing, brick-laying, interior-wall plastering, theatre-wall reinforcement, lintel installation, building-slab preparation for concrete pouring, and tiling work on floors and walls.

Plumbing
Plumbing
Brick-laying
Brick-laying

 

interior wall plastering
Interior wall plastering
theatre wall reinforcing
Theatre-wall reinforcing

 

Lintel installation
Lintel installation
Building slab prep for concrete pouring
Building slab preparation for concrete pouring

 

Week of 20 March 2023

Joyce reports that the walls and ceiling are up, and the floor slabs are set.

 

Week of 20 February 2023

Work continues on painting, plumbing, brick-laying, and plastering of interior walls.


Cesspit wall brick-laying

Nurse’s station column and beam form removal

 


Garbage room wall painting

Theatre walls forming

 


Plastering of interior walls

Drone view of the site

 

 

Week of 1 February 2023

The main building foundation is complete, concrete pouring continues on the slab, work continues on the wall partitions.


Work on partitions continues

Wall partitions with spaces left for windows

 


Work on partitions continues

Plumbing works

 

Week of 30 January 2023

Joyce and Wendy report that the floor slab is all laid out and the plumbing is almost complete!

 

Week of 20 January 2023

Part of the solar panels, paint and bathroom tiles were delivered. The hangar erection is now 97% complete. Kitchen painting and bathroom tiling began, and work continued on the foundation for the main building and slab.


Building slab concrete pouring

Corridor concrete pouring

 


Public bathroom block

Layout for the brick elevation

 

Week of 7 January 2023

Work continues on the hangar and roof installation.

Hangar roofing works continue

Drone view of hangar and roof installation
 

Hangar and roof installation
Hangar and roof installation
Theatre wall reinforcement
Theatre wall reinforcement

 


Roofing works

Building slab backfilling and leveling

 


Theatre walls forming

Plumbing work

 

On 31 December 2022

On New Year’s Eve, Joyce reports that the roof is almost completed and the plumbing is on its way!

 

Week of 19 December 2022

Joyce’s reflection about growth and update on construction progress.

 

Week of 4 December 2022

Check out Joyce’s update on exciting progress here.

 

Week of 19 September 2022

Construction is progressing well and going full steam ahead to make up for lost time. Check out Joyce’s impromptu 1-minute tour of the construction site!

 

Eye Hospital Construction Ground-breaking Ceremony

On 28 July 2022, we were overjoyed to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to officially mark the start of the construction of our eye hospital. To watch the national news coverage and see more photos, please visit:  Ouesso Eye Hospital Groundbreaking Ceremony.

Honourable guests with shovels
Honourable guests attended the ceremony

The Prefét laid the foundation stone

 

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