Corridor Group helps with special delivery

24 October 2019 | Health

Nurses from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group's (WBCG) Wellness Clinic at Oshikango recently rushed to assist a woman who went into labour at the Oshikango border post.

According to a statement issued by the WBCG the team was called by the border police last Friday and arrived just in time to deliver the baby and cut the umbilical cord. The 35-year-old mother, Angelina Benquela, was en route to the Engela hospital and had just crossed the border into Namibia when she went into labour.

Sisters Ester Shikomba and Wilma Nanghanda assisted with the birth before moving the mother and baby to the WBCG clinic for a thorough check.

The health ministry was then contacted to transport the patients to the nearest hospital in Engela.

“Benquela and her 2.083 kg baby girl were both stable and healthy and grateful to the nurses who helped bring her baby girl into the world,” according to WBCG.

The regional health director, John Hango, praised the WBCG clinic team for their quick response to this emergency. He added that their presence in the community adds significant value as it provides access to emergency medical attention.

WBCG's site coordinator at the clinic, Secilia Gotlieb, said they were pleased that they were able to help. WBCG wellness project manager Edward Shivute applauded his team on a job well done.

“Our nurses took control of the situation and in the process rescued a potentially fatal situation. They went the extra mile to assist, despite having to deal with their normal interventions of providing HIV/Aids-related services to the community.

“We will continue to extend a helping hand to the health ministry by serving clients who might find it difficult to access public health services.”

WBCG has a network of roadside wellness clinics across the country that collaborates with industry partners and the health ministry to provide HIV/Aids as well as other health services to vulnerable populations, particularly truck drivers and sex workers.





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