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When oxygen is life – premature babies get lifeline

When oxygen is life – premature babies get lifeline

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) received six nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) units to provide a lifeline for premature babies, from MultiChoice Namibia in celebration of their 25th anniversary last week.

Head of the Paediatrics Department in Katutura and Windhoek Central Hospital, Dr Benjamin said the units provide oxygen at a lower pressure and protects the lungs at the same time, doing minimum damage.

They are less invasive in other words, you do not need to place a tube into somebody’s throat,” he explained.

Minister of MoHSS, Hon. Dr. Bernard Haufiku, revealed that the investment MultiChoice has made amounts to N$230,000. “I have no doubt in my mind that we, at the Ministry will surely put the equipment to maximum use and that this partnership will raise awareness of the need of CPAP units and we are already being used in Katutura Hospital and Onandjokwe State Hospital,” he added

Roger Gertze, General Manager of MultiChoice Namibia said they are rooted in the country where we are proud of the contribution we make to our communities.

These units will provide a lifeline to premature babies who are not breathing adequately, and hopefully this initiative will be the start of a positive ripple effect towards Namibia’s future,” he added.

Meanwhile as part of their MultiChoice celebrates, the company will also have other initiatives during the months of June and July.

Caption:Minister of MoHSS, Hon. Dr. Bernard Haufiku (back), Roger Gertze and  General Manager of MultiChoice Namibia (on his right), with the other health officials at the donation of the  six nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) units).

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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 a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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