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Medic Rush treats Kaoko villagers over Mayday holiday

Medic Rush treats Kaoko villagers over Mayday holiday

At the end of this month, a large convoy with around 30 medical professionals supported by another 30 members of the Hochland Roundtable 154, will depart for a 6-day tour to the Kunene Region to offer voluntary medical and health services to the local communities. Knows as the annual Medic Rush, this medical intervention targets the most remote villages in the Kaokoveld to bring medical services to people who often find it too expensive to travel to Opuwo or Ruacana for treatment.

The Hochland Roundtable 154 Chairman, Basson van Rooyen has confirmed this week that the annual Medic Rush will be conducted from 29 April to 4 May.

It was also announced this week that this year’s Medic Rush received a sponsorship of N$100 000 from Standard Bank,  the donation coming 11 days after the commemoration of World Health Day.

Van Rooyen said that this year’s Medic Rush will be held in the Kunene Region, where they will be going with a convoy of approximately 30 medical staff and approximately 15 gentlemen and their wives from the Roundtable who will be assisting in any way they can.

“We will be bringing along about N$150,000 worth of medication and medical equipment, like crushes and wheel chairs to give away to the people, and if they do not need them, we will donate them to local clinics, while N$100 00 will go to transport, accommodation and food during the project. This helps us plough back into our communities, not only financially but with our time as well,” he added.

Standard Bank’s Surihe Gaomas-Guchu commented that the success of Medic Rush is courtesy of the medical professionals who have come forward to volunteer their expertise and time to render a valuable service to fellow citizens who are not privileged to have easy access to these often costly medical services.

“Medic Rush gives thousands of underprivileged Namibians in remote areas access to much needed impromptu healthcare and Standard Bank is proud to have supported this initiative since 2009, as we believe that a healthy nation is the key to economic prosperity,” she added.

Over the past couple of years Medic Rush has undertaken medical initiatives in the Omaheke, Otjozondjupa and Kunene Regions and well over 5000 residents of Bushmanland, Damaraland, Epukiro (P0s 3) and Palmwag Doro !Nawas, have benefitted from free basic health care ranging from nutrition to oral care and counselling, to specialist care with referrals and evacuation to medical centres for emergency treatment.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.