Erongo Covid 19 response bolstered

07 May 2021 | Health

The US government donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to the Erongo regional health directorate to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This donation is in addition to N$100 million of Covid 19 assistance for Namibia from the US government, which the US embassy announced in April 2020.

The equipment was provided by the US Department of Defence’s US Africa Command (USAFRICOM), in collaboration with the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Namibia (CDC Namibia).

USAFRICOM’s Humanitarian Assistance program includes activities designed to relieve or reduce endemic conditions such as human suffering, disease, hunger, and privation.

“The US government is a partner in health with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and we are glad to show our commitment to this relationship through our ongoing support to the health system, providing equipment and resources that are vitally needed and that directly benefit the people of Namibia,” said Lisa Johnson, the US ambassador to Namibia.

Acting country director for CDC Namibia, Dr. Robert Swayzer, said that the provision of this equipment strengthens the ability of the health ministry to provide quality patient care, ensuring that every patient receives the monitoring and support that they need.

“It also improves infection control and reduces patient waiting times, as it minimises the need to rotate equipment between patients.”

According to Anna Jonas, regional health director for the Erongo region, the equipment has been distributed to all the health facilities in the region.

“This gesture is highly appreciated and it will positively augment the ministry’s efforts to serve the community,” she said.

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