27 Apr 2015 18:00pm
RUNDU, 27 APR (NAMPA) The eye clinic at the Rundu Intermediary Hospital in the Kavango East Region on Monday received equipment and disposable instruments from the Southern Cross Eye Foundation based in Germany.
The equipment worth N.dollars 1,06 million includes a surgical microscope, examination units, instrument stand, visual chart projector, an ophthalmoscope set, cataract instrument set, and foreign body drills.
The founder of the Southern Cross Eye Foundation, Dr Michael Armbrust who previously conducted eye clinic campaigns in Namibia, said he admires how much the country has achieved over the past 20 years in terms of eye care.
Armbrust said without renowned Namibian eye specialist Dr Helena Ndume, eye care in Namibia would not have been at the standard it is today.
The Southern Cross Eye Foundation founder noted that the new instruments will further boost commitment as it will improve the skills of eye specialists, which would in turn benefit their patients.
He also promised to avail himself to the Namibian Government, saying he will be happy to assist and support Government in terms of training young people to become medical practitioners in future.
Accepting the donation, Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernhard Haufiku indicated that although the ministry is challenged with the lack of human capital and equipment, his personnel should be determined to solve problems they face.
Haufiku, who is on his first working visit to the Kavango East Region following his appointment as Health and Social Services Minister last month, encouraged his staff to look at challenges as opportunities and refrain from having negative attitudes towards such problems.
The ministry is determined to assist you in getting your problems solved, he said, stressing that although his ministry is a highly technical and complex one, its problems should be solved piece by piece.
Haufiku also assured the ministry officials that his ministry will do everything possible to make their work easier by bringing technology to hospitals and doing away with manual work.
The health minister then thanked the Southern Cross Eye Foundation for its generous gesture, saying the equipment will go a long way in solving eye problems across the country.
He then called on the staff at the Rundu Intermediary Hospital to take good care of the donated equipment and to put it to good use.
The Southern Cross Eye Foundation was established in 2006 with the aim to support eye services in southern Africa for underprivileged people.
The foundation recently flew an engineer and a radiologist to Namibia to assist in setting up the machines, as well as to train specialists in their use.