With love from Japan
24 September 2021 | Local News
Louisa Kativa; Mayor; “…these ambulances will improve our capacity to respond to medical emergencies…”
The Swakopmund Municipality unveiled two ambulances donated by the Japanese Embassy on Thursday.
The Rotary Club Swakopmund played a pivotal part in securing the donation.
President of the Swakopmund Rotary Club, Raimar von Hase, said that the initiative was made possible by Ulrich Külz from the Rotary Club Kawasaki in Japan.
“He made contact with our club on 1 July 2019 and offered to partner with us to supply a refurbished ambulance to the Swakopmund municipality based on the recommendation by the Namibian ambassador to Japan, Morven Luswenyo.”
However, the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic brought the logistics and paperwork to a halt.
“We missed a window of getting the ambulance from Japan to Namibia because of the lockdown. This resulted in delays,” said Von Hase.
A year later, a second ambulance was offered to the municipality by the Japanese Embassy. A signing ceremony was subsequently held in Swakopmund in March this year where the donation was approved.
The Japanese ambassador to Namibia, Harada Hideaki, said that his government through its Grant for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), sponsored the reconditioning and shipment of the two recycled ambulances from Japan to the tune of N$250 000.
This was the first time that recycled vehicles were transported to Namibia via the GGP framework.
With these donated ambulances, Swakopmund became the second municipality in Namibia to possess its own ambulances after Windhoek.
Erongo governor Neville Andre said the donation will enhance service delivery significantly and improve access to healthcare for inhabitants of the region.
“I am positive that these ambulances will improve our capacity to respond to medical emergencies and to save lives,” added Swakopmund mayor, Louisa Kativa.