21 Oct 2013 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA)- Health and Social Services Minister Dr Richard Kamwi officially opened the Spinal Cord Injury Ward (Spinalis Ward Seven) in the Windhoek Central Hospital on Friday.
The Spinalis Ward was established by the Motor-Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, in collaboration with the Spinalis Foundation from Sweden, and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Kamwi said a few valuable services have been provided by the MVA Fund, which are the refurbishing of the Head Injury Unit in the Katutura Intermediate Hospital, as well as the Spinal Cord Injury Ward Seven in the Windhoek State Hospital.
As Government, equitable access to healthcare is a priority. An effective healthcare system which delivers high-quality care is not only beneficial to individual citizens and their quality of life, but also one of the building blocks for economic development of the country as a whole, he noted.
Kamwi said it is Namibias resolve to continuously upgrade public health facilities to match its private counterparts, not only in terms of skills and infrastructure, but also the standards of services rendered.
The opening of the Spinal Cord Injury Ward, therefore, also serves as a clear demonstration of Governments commitment towards providing quality healthcare, but most importantly, affordable to all Namibians, he stated.
He said the opening of the ward is both critical and timely, as cases of spinal cord injuries are increasing, thereby exerting pressure on the health system.
Spinal cord injuries are among the most common types of injuries sustained following trauma emanating from various activities, including motor-vehicle crashes.
In terms of road crashes, Namibia records over 3000 road traffic crashes, resulting in more than 5000 injuries annually, which include spinal cord injuries.
The benefits to be derived from this ward here at the Windhoek Central Hospital are immense. But central to that is the fact that my Ministry will now be able to deliver effective rehabilitation and life-enhancement for patients who suffered spinal cord injuries at a lower cost to patients, he added.
The Ministry has allocated five personnel to work with the team from Sweden as part of the skills transfer exercise, and has committed itself to support the MVA Fund and the Spinalis team in order to ensure that the full benefits and objectives of the project are attained.
I would like to urge my team, the doctors and nurses and the rehabilitation team here, to fully commit themselves to first of all take advantage of the presence of the specialists from Sweden to learn and become knowledgeable in the field of spinal cord injury management, and to transfer the skills to more Namibians for sustainability, stressed Kamwi.