The Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on Wednesday handed over medical equipment valued at N.dollars 791 000 to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The equipment includes two ventilators, monitors, suction units and an emergency trolley.
Handing over the equipment, Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital Managing Director Dr Tshali Iithete said there is a critical shortage of ventilators worldwide, a shortage which is even more glaring in Namibia.
“Infected patients with severe Covid-19 often experience breathing difficulties as fluids fill their lungs and they need a ventilator to help them breathe,” noted the Ongwediva Medipark MD.
He explained that many healthcare facilities in the country suffer from an inadequate supply of costly respirators, with ventilators being critical in managing patients with COVID-19 who present with severe respiratory compromise.
Speaking at the same occasion, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari said stakeholder support is crucial in establishing the required capacity to handle the contagious COVID-19, which is still spreading in southern Africa and elsewhere in the world.
“We need to continue with the same robust synergies in all our concerted efforts to prevent and manage any possible cases of COVID-19,” the governor emphasised.
Irimari urged the regional task force on COVID-19 to continue working hard and called on citizens to remain vigilant and continue to cooperate with authorities in respect of the State of Emergency.
The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development’s acting deputy director for the northern regions, Shikongeni Ntinda at the same occasion handed over material to local Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
The nine local MSMEs, Ntinda said, have been identified to receive the materials to produce masks for each of the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto.
- Title: Medipark donates medical equipment to Oshakati Intermediate Hospital
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