Ohorongo, Support e.V. partnership assists in the battle against COVID-19 – Health Ministry receives donated medical equipment
Ohorongo Cement’s partner in health, Support e.V. Ulm has not let the pandemic deter it from sourcing medical equipment to donate to Namibia.
In collaboration with the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT), a donation was recently made of much-needed hospital beds and mattresses, an anesthetic machine, bedside tables etc. to the estimated market value of more than N$1.4 million.
The Ministry of Health Deputy Minister, Hon Dr Esther Muinjangue expressed appreciation for the donation on behalf of the government.
“When I joined the Ministry of Health, it has come to my attention that since its inception, OOCT and Support e.V. Ulm has been committed to support the ministry with the donation of medical goods to benefit the nation. There are many heartwarming stories out there of people who were beneficiaries of these donations. It really changes the lives of people for the better,” she said.
Meanwhile, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, MD of Ohorongo said the donations, especially the beds, come at a time when the healthcare system is under pressure with the strain it carries under the pandemic.
“These are trying times we are experiencing and we need to always find synergies and collaborate to ensure that our country and the health of its people always comes first.A healthy nation can contribute towards the economy, and that is how we can leave a lasting legacy for generations to come,” he said.
In 2010, a technical agreement was drawn up between the Trust, Support e.V. Ulm and the Ministry of Health and Social Services and it has been extended twice since then.
The agreement allows the trust to import containers of medical goods exempted of import duties to donate to the health ministry to distribute throughout all the regions. Support e.V. Ulm is a non-profit organization based in Ulm, Germany. It was established by a group of medical doctors who made it their aim to support medical projects throughout the world. They support various projects by means of financial and humanitarian means as well as through donations.
Caption: Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Esther Muinjangue (left) receives the donated medical equipment from Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, MD of Ohorongo Cement.