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Doctors, nurses emergency care capacity during road accidents strengthened by recent training

Doctors, nurses emergency care capacity during road accidents strengthened by recent training

By Linda Machinga

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) in collaboration with Professional Emergency Care (PEC) of Cape Town South Africa, recently trained emergency care providers in Khomas, Hardap, Karas, Kavango-East and Otjozondjupa regions in a bid to increase capacity in emergency care.

The training took place late last month at the University of Namibia School of Medicine and ended on 1 September. It aimed at increasing capacity in emergency care within the Ministry of Healthy and Social Services. As a result of the clashes in those regions, the emergency medical management team noted a lack of proper on-scene and in-hospital medical treatment for those injured in motor vehicle clashes.

“The training is being conducted to advance the skills and knowledge of Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs), doctors and nurses. We have three different courses which are International Trauma Life Support Course (ITLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLSEP) and the Basic Life Support (BLS) Istructor course”, said MVA Fund Advanced Life Support Paramedic, Brandon Diergaardt.

The MVA Fund responds to pillar 5 of the Namibian Chapter of the Decade of Action for Safety and once again re-affirms its commitment to developing emergency medical response capacity in Namibia by training 41 Emergency Care Practitioners(ECPs), doctors and nurses on how to care for trauma patients.

According to Diergaardt, the various courses mainly focus on the following: – International Trauma Life Support Course- Equips participants with practical skills on how to take care of trauma patients, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course -Focuses on management of cardiac arrest and other peri-arrest conditions; ACLS for Experienced Providers Course-It is more intense and focuses both on common and special resuscitation situations and related challenges; Basic Life Support Instructor Course-This is a professional Emergency Care course which intends to train MVA Fund Paramedics to become instructors on BLS for healthcare providers.

The Fund is aware of the ever-changing emergency medical environment and recognises the importance of training emergency care practitioners to stay relevant and address related challenges.

“Therefore, we take pride in the role we play to positively contribute to the advancement of emergency medical response and care capacity which will in turn save lives, ensure quality health care to those affected by road crashes and assist the injured to be taken up in the communities and the economy as soon as possible,” added Diergaardt.

Since the establishment of the training programme three years ago, the Fund has spent approximately N$240,000 annually on 120 participants from Ministry of Health and Social Services who were trained in various emergency care fields.

The University of Namibia School of Medicine has through the provision of training venues, medical equipment and mannequins, ensured the reduction in training costs.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.