THE construction of a state-of-the-art neonatal unit and a mothers’ shelter at the Swakopmund State Hospital is underway.
The unit is expected to have a 28-bed capacity which will be divided into 12 standard care beds, six high-care beds, six intensive care beds, and four isolation unit beds. The unit will also have doctors’ consulting rooms.
At the launch of the project, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the facility will go a long way in ensuring the survival of new-born children in the Erongo Region, especially those born prematurely and are at risk of dying in the absence of such specialised care.
“The mothers’ shelter will have 12 beds which will go a long way in promoting mother-child bonding and breastfeeding,” she said at the official launch of the project.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said bonding and feeding are important components of maternal and child health care.
“This arrangement will provide the mothers with the necessary space and privacy they will need to get to know their new babies and to assure them that they will be nearby while their babies receive the highest level of care,” she said.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by February 2022.