N$4.8m helping hand for NIP
NIP will be able to significantly increase the number of coronavirus tests being done thanks to a million-dollar donation from the SSC.
15 May 2020 | Health
The Social Security Commission (SSC) has donated N$4.8 million to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) to procure reagents for coronavirus testing.
To date, Namibia has recorded only 16 cases, and by yesterday, 12 of these had recovered.
Meanwhile, 1 620 people have been tested countrywide.
During the handover, NIP board chairperson Bryan Eiseb said the donation will enable the institution to acquire much-needed reagents and consumables, which will allow government to safeguard the health of the Namibian people.
Reagents are substances or mixtures for use in chemical analysis or other reactions, and are crucial in testing for the coronavirus.
NIP corporate affairs manager Johannes Clemence said they cannot get to the targeted capacity without the reagents, stressing that once they procure them, they will be able to significantly boost the number of tests being done.
“The problem at this moment at time is getting the reagents into the country.
“The reagents are available, getting them into the country is a problem. The countries where these reagents are produced are focusing on satisfying in-country demand before exporting,” he said.