Oxygen generator plant for Walvis Bay
All hands on deck
15 April 2020 | Health
Neville Andre; Governor; “I am particularly happy with the role private sector has played in finding ways to mitigate this pandemic.”
China National Uranium Corporation (CNUC) Rössing Uranium handed over a N$4.5 million oxygen generator plant to the Walvis Bay State Hospital earlier today.
The plant was built by African Gas Solutions within ten days and will provide oxygen for about 80 beds of the 150-bed isolation facility being constructed behind the Walvis Bay State Hospital.
Managing director of CNUC Rössing Uranium Johan Coetzee, said that when the isolation facility has served its purpose, the oxygen plant can be removed to be donated to a state hospital of choice within the region.
“It is still unknown if we will have large numbers of Covid-19 patients that will require oxygen as part of their treatment, but it is best to be prepared and have the necessary treatment facilities in place should we need it.”
Knowledge Iipinge, Walvis Bay urban constituency councillor, said that the plant produces high quality oxygen and is fitted with innovative technology which allows the system to be remotely viewed and adjusted.
“It is designed to be connected to the piping system of the temporary Covid-19 hospital facilities. There will be oxygen outlets installed next to the beds, inside the hospital. These will be linked to the piping system. The outlets will be connected to tubes and masks via which life-saving oxygen will be provided to patients."
New Erongo governor Neville Andre said that since Namibia is a country with a small population, the 16 coronavirus cases registered should not be taken lightly.
“Today’s contribution to combat the pandemic speaks to the most important part, namely medical equipment. Such equipment is very important, to enhance the lives of patients with the illness. It is a life-saving device and all other advantages that it comes with.”
Andre said he was particularly happy with the role private sector has played in finding ways to mitigate this pandemic. He applauded Rössing Uranium Limited, the Welwitchia Hospital and Namdock as well as African Gas Solutions for what he termed “exceptional support”.
“This support will go far in ensuring our readiness to save the lives of our people. We still have a long way to go, so I’m calling on all stakeholders to continue to vigorously fight this pandemic.”
Andre said this was not the time for political grandstanding or playing hero.
“Namibians, the public and private sector must take hands and fight this pandemic. Cooperation should be our driving force to jointly to collectively emerge victorious. Together we can make it.”
Loic Bathfield, owner of African Gas Solutions, said that the construction of the oxygen generation plant was a challenge since it needed to be completed in ten days.
“I accepted the challenge and we managed to do it. I am extremely proud of my team. Everyone at the office worked extremely hard to make this plant a reality. As Namibians, we are capable to build plants of this nature and to cater for much bigger demand. We don’t need to import oxygen from other countries since we have the local expertise to produce the needed equipment.”