by John-Colin Namene

THE United States government recently donated equipment to the Erongo health directorate to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through its embassy, the US donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide quality patient care, monitoring and required support.

The equipment, valued to be just over N$462 000, was handed over in February.

The US government ensured that the equipment was handed over for immediate use in order for the public to benefit from it as soon as possible. On a recent site visit in April, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Namibia (CDC Namibia) had the opportunity to see the equipment in use.

According to the acting country director for CDC Namibia, Robert Swayzer, the equipment will also improve infection control and reduce patient waiting times as it cuts equipment rotation among patients.

The equipment was provided with the collaboration of the US Africa Command (USAfricom) and CDC Namibia.

“The US government is a partner in health with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and we are glad to show our commitment to this relationship through our ongoing support to the health system, providing equipment and resources that are vitally needed and that directly benefit the people of Namibia,” US ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson said.

The equipment was welcomed by the health director for Erongo region who said the gesture will enhance the health ministry’s efforts to serve the community.

It comes after other donations from the US government, including the N$6,2 million equipment donated to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), in April.

The lab equipment donation was part of a N$100 million Covid-19 assistance pledge by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to Namibia announced in April 2020.

Johnson said the US government is committed to the health of Namibians and has worked closely with the NIP to build Covid-19 testing capacity since the start of the pandemic.

Additionally, the US embassy also established two HIV testing sites at the Gobabis and Omaruru Correctional Facilities. Johnson added that in much as the donation was related to the HIV scourge, the new testing services would also provide the added benefit of reducing inmates’ exposure to Covid-19 infections from the community.

THE United States government recently donated equipment to the Erongo health directorate to support the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Through its embassy, the US donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide quality patient care, monitoring and required support.

The equipment, valued to be just over N$462 000, was handed over in February.

The US government ensured that the equipment was handed over for immediate use in order for the public to benefit from it as soon as possible. On a recent site visit in April, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Namibia (CDC Namibia) had the opportunity to see the equipment in use.

According to the acting country director for CDC Namibia, Robert Swayzer, the equipment will also improve infection control and reduce patient waiting times as it cuts equipment rotation among patients.

The equipment was provided with the collaboration of the US Africa Command (USAfricom) and CDC Namibia.

“The US government is a partner in health with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and we are glad to show our commitment to this relationship through our ongoing support to the health system, providing equipment and resources that are vitally needed and that directly benefit the people of Namibia,” US ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson said.

The equipment was welcomed by the health director for Erongo region who said the gesture will enhance the health ministry’s efforts to serve the community.

It comes after other donations from the US government, including the N$6,2 million equipment donated to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), in April.

The lab equipment donation was part of a N$100 million Covid-19 assistance pledge by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to Namibia announced in April 2020.

Johnson said the US government is committed to the health of Namibians and has worked closely with the NIP to build Covid-19 testing capacity since the start of the pandemic.

Additionally, the US embassy also established two HIV testing sites at the Gobabis and Omaruru Correctional Facilities. Johnson added that in much as the donation was related to the HIV scourge, the new testing services would also provide the added benefit of reducing inmates’ exposure to Covid-19 infections from the community.

Through its embassy, the US donated 70 blood pressure machines and 41 patient monitors to strengthen the Ministry of Health’s ability to provide quality patient care, monitoring and required support.

The equipment, valued to be just over N$462 000, was handed over in February.

The US government ensured that the equipment was handed over for immediate use in order for the public to benefit from it as soon as possible. On a recent site visit in April, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Namibia (CDC Namibia) had the opportunity to see the equipment in use.

According to the acting country director for CDC Namibia, Robert Swayzer, the equipment will also improve infection control and reduce patient waiting times as it cuts equipment rotation among patients.

The equipment was provided with the collaboration of the US Africa Command (USAfricom) and CDC Namibia.

“The US government is a partner in health with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, and we are glad to show our commitment to this relationship through our ongoing support to the health system, providing equipment and resources that are vitally needed and that directly benefit the people of Namibia,” US ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson said.

The equipment was welcomed by the health director for Erongo region who said the gesture will enhance the health ministry’s efforts to serve the community.

It comes after other donations from the US government, including the N$6,2 million equipment donated to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP), in April.

The lab equipment donation was part of a N$100 million Covid-19 assistance pledge by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to Namibia announced in April 2020.

Johnson said the US government is committed to the health of Namibians and has worked closely with the NIP to build Covid-19 testing capacity since the start of the pandemic.

Additionally, the US embassy also established two HIV testing sites at the Gobabis and Omaruru Correctional Facilities. Johnson added that in much as the donation was related to the HIV scourge, the new testing services would also provide the added benefit of reducing inmates’ exposure to Covid-19 infections from the community.

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