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Local COVID readiness beefed up by US government donation

Local COVID readiness beefed up by US government donation

In support of Namibia’s COVID readiness, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Global Health Supply Chain Program, Procurement, and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project donated more than 17,000 items of personal protective equipment to the Health Ministry.

These items, worth more than US$300,000 (approximately N$5.3 million), include surgical gloves and face masks.

“While COVID-19 restrictions were lifted after a 26-month-long battle that resulted in the loss of family, friends, and colleagues for many, our work is not yet finished. The work of medical staff across Namibia carries on. This work necessitates continued bravery and resolve; it also requires critical equipment, materials, and commodities,” said Jordan Tuchman, USAID Sustainability and Systems Strengthening Advisor said in a statement on Monday.

Although COVID-19 restrictions are no longer in place, the disease has not disappeared entirely from Namibia.

The number of infections has decreased to a manageable level and there are few patients in intensive care. Life for many has – by and large – returned to normal.

Despite this, the need for health facility staff to observe safety measures relating to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases persists and may require appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in certain settings.

Medical gloves and masks play an important role in the safe delivery of health care, preventing infections from passing from healthcare workers to patients, and vice versa.

The World Health Organization highlights the importance of medical gloves by healthcare workers in situations with a heightened risk of infectious disease transmission. Face masks are indispensable for healthcare workers to reduce the spread of airborne infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

The U.S. Government has been working together with the Namibian government since the beginning of the pandemic to protect Namibians against COVID-19.

With the donation of gloves and masks, Namibian healthcare workers will be able to protect themselves and their patients against COVID-19 and other diseases.

Acting USAID Country Representative Jordan Tuchman (right) handing over medical gloves and masks to Dr. Theo-Ben Kandetu, Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (left) at a ceremony at the Central Medical Stores, Windhoek.


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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.