House Acacia to accommodate more cancer patients by April
Construction work on a new patient accommodation wing at the House Acacia in Windhoek for cancer patients receiving treatment commenced this week and will be completed in April, according to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).
The Association invested N$1,3 million into the new wing which will comprises of three twin rooms and one ward unit, sleeping 10 additional patients in total.
Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of the Association informed that three wholesome meals, linen and towels are provided complimentary to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Home and are transported free of charge to and from treatment centres daily.
“The annual operational cost of the residence during the past financial year added up to more than N$640,000 and this cost are covered by way of fundraising projects, donations and the kind hearted support from the Namibian public,” he said.
According to Hansen patients often stay in Windhoek for up to six consecutive weeks for their treatment and every effort is made to create a tranquil atmosphere conducive to their healing process.
“House Acacia offers sufficient space and quiet areas for privacy, reading and meditation, a pleasant lounge, with television is also available where patients can stay updated with current affairs or watch their favorite programs,” he said.
Hansen said the name Acacia was chosen for the Home because the acacia tree, due to its ability to grow a new branch if an old one was injured or removed therefore as a symbol indicative that there is always hope after a cancer diagnosis.