Sesriem clinic treats all the sick
Hayoz invested N$10 million over five years in the project of which N$900,000 is allocated to the publishing and distribution of 100,000 copies of road safety brochures. The brochure are printed in five languages, French, English, Spanish, Italian and German to inform self-driving tourists of local driving conditions. On its part, the MVA Fund committed N$4 million to the project for five years.
“Having a medical centre in our community is a relief considering the distance we used to travel for medical care. People used to suffer a great deal and even die due to lack of medical services. I have been to the center myself a few times. If we did not have this centre in this area people would have suffered more, says Esmeralda Rooinasie, Sesriem resident. Launched in November 2011, the centre is now in full operation and is manned by a registered nurse and three Basic Life Support personnel and two Emergency Care Technicians. They were trained through the MVA Fund’s bursary scheme.
Since its launch the centre has responded to 84 medical emergencies ranging from road crash injuries to insect bites, allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. The nurse, Immanuel Kalumbu, says the Mayte EMRS Center is a hive of activity throughout the month. On average, the center treats 20 patients per month, and emergencies are responded to with an average response time of 40 minutes in a 150km radius.