New oxygen machines for Otjozondjupa
22 February 2021 | Health
The Otjozondjupa Region has received two oxygen concentrator machines worth N$45 000 from the Namibia Community Trust.
The machines were handed over on Thursday by the governor of the region, James Uerikua, who stressed that maintenance is key to prolong their lifespan.
Uerikua thanked the Namibia Community Trust for their patriotism in the fight against Covid-19 and assured that the machines would be put to good use.
The regional health director, Gebhardo Timotheus, received the machines and said that since the outbreak of Covid-19, oxygen is an essential commodity that is needed to treat patients who are severely affected by the disease and need ventilation. He added that the machines would contribute to better health service delivery in the region and “will be dispatched to the most remote clinics in the region. Henceforth, this equipment will help doctors and nurses to save lives and minimise the Covid-19-related deaths in the country.”
The machines have batteries, which allow them to function in areas without electricity. They are also mobile and can be used in an ambulance in emergency situations.
Chief regional officer Agatha Mwetti witnessed the handover and stated that Covid-19 has taught communities to pool resources together to meet the government halfway.
The handover was done at the Otjiwarongo state hospital in the presence of medical staff.