BoN donates equipment to health directorate

The donated equipment will be distributed to state hospitals in the Erongo region.

09 February 2021 | Health

Epson Uanguta; BoN deputy governor; “Among this is the urgent need to protect our health workers....”

Swakopmund • [email protected]



The Bank of Namibia (BoN) made a donation of medical equipment valued at N$1 million to the health ministry’s health directorate at the office of the governor recently.

The equipment will benefit all state hospitals in the Erongo region.

It includes five continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, 25 CPAP prongs, four ECG machines, 10 non-vented CPAP adult masks (ventilator accessories), one intubation kit, one high flow nasal oxygen machine with accessories, and four cardiotocography (CTG) machines.

The deputy governor of BoN, Epson Uanguta, said the bank deemed it imperative to make the donation due to the outbreak of Covid-19 which has taken a heavy toll on Namibians.

“We are not only contributing towards the fight against the coronavirus but assisting with securing a sustainable future for our country,” he said.

On 20 January BoN’s governor, Johannes !Gawaxab, handed over equipment to the tune of N$3 million to the health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula.

The equipment is meant to be distributed to and benefit state hospitals countrywide. However, hospitals in the Erongo, Zambezi and ||Kharas, Omaheke, Hardap as well as Kavango East and West regions were earmarked to receive specific equipment.

This is due to the eminent needs of these hospitals in the wake of Covid-19.

“Among this is the urgent need to protect our health workers who are at the front of fighting this pandemic,” said Uanguta.

BoN also ensured that adequate quality and quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the country’s health workers were part of the donation.

“With the recent spike of infections and hospitalizations, part of the donation is for equipment needed for clinical case management. These medical devices are essential for the management of patients with severe acute respiratory infections experiencing breathing difficulties,” he said.

At the same event, the Public Enterprises CEO Forum handed over school uniforms worth N$100 000 to the ministry of education for 85 learners who were affected by the Otweya shack fire in Walvis Bay.

Theopolina Petrus (16) a learner, from Kuisebmond Primary School expressed her gratitude at the gesture. “I feel really good about receiving this donation because it will help me a lot. May God bless them.”

The forum will also establish a playground for the children of the Otweya informal settlement worth N$67 000.

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