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Welsh Govt funds oxygen production plants in Namibia

 By Staff Reporter

The Katima Mulilo State Hospital’s fully installed and operational Oxygen Production Plant

The Welsh Government has funded four (4) major Medical Oxygen Production Plants for northern and eastern parts of Namibia, through a grant valued at the tune of more than N$20 million.

The plants are valued at N$8,737,386.60 and are located in the Zambezi, Otjozondjupa, Kavango-West and Omaheke Regions.

The oxygen production plants will strengthen Namibia’s health care system across the country, and it will improve the provision of quality and adequate care to patients in urban and rural areas of the four regions.

These have come as a result of an ambitious international collaboration between Cardiff University and the University of Namibia, which collectively called the Phoenix Project, and was duly executed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS). 

In a media statement, Mr Johannes Haufiku, Public Relations Officer, at the University of Namibia explained that the idea to setup oxygen production plants was formed during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid 2021.

“The Phoenix Project and UNAM’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, (UNAM Cares) took up the responsibility to support the MOHSS in fighting the pandemic. This was done through 13 Public Health Education Road shows across Namibia sponsored by the Wales and Africa Grant in close collaboration with the Phoenix Project. ” Mr. Haufiku explained.

A request for funding was submitted to the First Minister of the Welsh Government, His Excellency, Mr Mark Drakeford. It asked him to assist the University of Namibia through the Wales and Africa Grant to complement the services of the Ministry of Health and Social Services with sufficient supply of medical oxygen.

The Welsh government responded by awarding N$20,000 000.00 to setup the oxygen facilities.

“Under this fund, UNAM Cares also managed to successfully train 217 Nurses in Oxygen Therapy and Ventilation Case Management.”

So far, the University of Namibia in conjunction with the Namibia Ministry of Health and Social  Services  have procured  and  availed  four oxygen production plants for the four (4) state hospitals at Katima Mulilo( N$3,407,856.50) , Nkurenkuru (N$2,343,182.50), Grootfontein (N$1,510,768.80)  and Gobabis (N$1,475,578.80) .

The Katima Mulilo State Hospital  Oxygen Production has been installed to service the COVID-19 Isolation Unit, and  it was officially handed over by the University of Namibia Chancellor  and Vice President of Namibia Mr. Nangolo Mbumba and Prof. Kenneth Matengu , Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia on Monday .

Whilst  the Grootfontein State Hospital ‘ Oxygen production plant have been installed and ready for hand over by UNAM to the Government of Republic of Namibia.

 The one for Nkurenkuru hospital has not yet been finalized.

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