GOVERNMENT is committed to providing quality healthcare to the Namibian people and as a result, the Ministry of Health and Social Service bought a fluoroscopy machine and First National Bank (FNB) donated resuscitation training equipment to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Commissioning the fluoroscopy machine and at the same time accepting the FNB donation, Minister Kalumbi Shangula, stated that health provision is a shared responsibility and not only the responsibility of the Ministry alone.
“It is everybody’s business and is not the only responsibility of the Ministry of health and Social Services. It is an area where everybody can make a contribution,” said Shangula.
He also stated that the hospital has been without a fluoroscopy machine since 2011.
According to Shangula, the lack of a fluoroscopy machine in a hospital has a negative impact on the operation of the hospital, thus include delay in diagnoses, and delay in management of cases and referral of patients to private institution at high cost.
“During the time when the hospital did not have the fluoroscopy machine, the hospital was forced to refer patients to private institutions,” he said.
He stated the government allocated funds to the Ministry in order to buy the fluoroscopy machine, which was acquired at a cost of more than N$5 million, and will cater for a catchment population of more than one million people.
Speaking at the same event, FNB Retail Banking Executive Officer, Nangula Kauluma, said that the bank through its FirstRand Trust is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to build a firm foundation for protecting the health and well-being of the people, as well as to preserve an unfettered and conducive environment in which to practice and administer medicine.
FNB through its Trust donated medical equipment valued at N$350 000 to the hospital, with aim of addressing the backlog of medical equipment’s the hospital is currently facing.