NSIF continues to invest in Namibia

Expectant mothers who have to travel long distances to Usakos, no longer need to worry about accommodation during the period when their babies are due.

29 March 2019 | Health

Taná Pesat; Namport “This used to be a common concern of expectant mothers in Usakos and the surrounding areas.”

The Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF) last year responded to the plight of expectant mothers in and around Usakos by commissioning the construction of a pre-delivery facility valued at N$1.1 million.

The completed fully-furnished two-bedroom building with toilets, showers and a sitting room that can accommodate 15 expectant mothers at any given time, was recently officially handed over to the Ministry of Health.

The special advisor on health in the Office of the President, Dr Bernard Haufiku, thanked the NSFI for heeding the cry of expectant mothers.

“Expectant mothers now have one less thing to worry about. In the past they would have to travel long distances waiting for the delivery of their babies.” Haufiku also challenged other captains of industry to follow the good example set by Namport.

Namport manager for corporate communication Taná Pesat said that it was almost impossible for expectant mothers to reduce their level of stress for the sake of their unborn baby while waiting to be admitted to the maternity ward at the closest hospital. “This used to be a common concern for expectant mothers in Usakos and the surrounding areas who worried about accommodation.

Namport CEO and chairperson of the NSIF Bisey /Uirab said the port authority would continue supporting government’s efforts to supply quality health to citizens.

He added that over the years, Namport has invested millions of dollars in the health sector and would continue doing so, funds permitting.

Modular classrooms

The NSIF also handed over two modular classrooms with a storeroom each constructed at the Ovihitua Primary School in the Omatjete Constituency valued at N$630 000.

The new addition to the school’s existing two classrooms will cater for 40 learners who previously used two tents as their shelter. It will also ensure that the school’s principal has an office of her own

The tent structures were a health hazard for pupils during the winter and rainy seasons, which interfered with the quality of education the learners received.

Speaking to the school’s principal, Ms Kapia, she said that “thanks to this sponsorship, our students will now receive education in a safe and clean environment without being exposed to any of nature’s elements. For this we can never thank the Namport Social Investment Fund enough.”

Since 2006 the NSIF spent 41.8 % of its N$25 million budget in the Erongo region.

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