Private sector joins in the fight

Resources mobilised

27 April 2020 | Health

Johny Doeseb; Businessman; “It is our responsibility to mobilise resources to ensure that the health sector is top notch.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

Namdock handed over repaired medical equipment to the Erongo regional Corona Care initiative on Friday.

Employees repaired 25 hospital beds, one mortuary trolley, three patient trolleys, three emergency trolleys and nine bedside trolleys.

A donation of 1200 cans of fish to be distributed across the region, was also handed over, along with light bulbs for the Swakopmund State Hospital maternity ward.

The Erongo Regional Corona Care non-profit initiative consists of a task force of people from both the private and public sector.

Namdock acting chief executive and chairperson of the Corona Care task team Heritha Muyoba, said that the focus is on assisting in the fight against Covid-19 by ensuring the region is well-equipped.

“The idea is to make sure that people are taken care of while at home and that our medical personnel have the right equipment at their disposal. If we look at other towns within our region, they do not have the economic advantages like we do in Walvis Bay. Therefore we saw it fit to make this a regional initiative. We are taking care of all municipalities and villages within our region. We are not politically affiliated or politically driven.”

Namdock director and a Corona Care team member Anton Pretorius said through discussions with Mathias Braune, the CEO of the Welwitschia Hospital, and chief medical officer of the region Dr Amir Shakir, it emerged that there is a need for medical equipment.

“It was brought to our attention that the state hospital needs repairs on some of its medical equipment. We decided to assist by repairing beds and trolleys. The repaired equipment is not only for the corona virus isolation medical facility but for the Walvis Bay state hospital as well.”

Namdock has spent approximately N$60 000 on the repairs of said equipment.

“It’s all about making conditions better for the people and that’s what the Corona Care initiative is all about; making it better for vulnerable members of society and for the medical personnel.”

Johny Doeseb, a local businessman and also member of the Corona Care task team, said that Covid-19 has exposed gaps within the community especially in the health sector.

“We received a call from the state hospital in Swakopmund asking for bulbs, since they had to deliver babies in the dark. We cannot allow this to happen. It is our responsibility to mobilise resources to ensure that the health sector is top notch. The committee is working tirelessly to ensure that all the gaps are filled.”

Edwin Kamamtoto, Novanam managing director and member of the resource mobolization committee of the Corona Care Initiative, said that the 1200 cans of fish will go towards assisting vulnerable members in the region.

“People’s movement is restricted and aside from the other resources needed, we need to make sure that our people are taken care of.”

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