23 Jul 2017 14:10pm
OMHEDI, 23 JUL (NAMPA) Namibians from all walks of life on Saturday gathered at Oukwanyama Palace (ouhamba) at Omhedi village in Ohangwena Region to witness the first-ever traditional authority recognition award being presented to the countrys eye specialist, Dr Helena Ndume.
It was the 12th recognition award to Ndume, following 11 others she received at different platforms.
Queen (ohamba) Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu of Oukwanyama bestowed an award of gratitude and appreciation upon Ndume for her achievements in restoring the eyesight of thousands of Namibians through her annual eye campaign programme of cataract surgery.
The Chairperson of the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority Council, George Nelulu assisted yaNelumbu in awarding Ndume.
In an award statement read on her behalf, yaNelumbu described Ndume as one of the professionals who served Namibians with love, passion and dedication.
Dr Helena Ndume, our awardee today, has demonstrated, over a significant period of time, dedication and commitment to the promotion of both prevention of blindness and eyesight restoration in this country, yaNelumbu said.
She observed that Ndumes commitment and dedication was born out of a strong sense of civic duty and love for her countrymen and women.
Many Namibians, yaNelumbu said, have either witnessed or heard about Ndumes selfless sacrifices in helping people restore their eyesight.
If there is anyone who has never heard of the name Helena Ndume, such a person must have come from a different planet, recounted ohamba of Oukwanyama.
Yanelumbu told those present that Ndume is also a patron of the Mwadinomho Combined School, which is named after her (yaNelumbu) and situated in the Ohangwena regions Ondiihaluka area.
Ndume, in acceptance, dedicated the award she received to the entire team involved in the Eye Camp every year since its inception in 1997.
I have no suitable words to describe my appreciation for this award, Ndume said. She then singled out Nelulu and commended his family for providing free meals to the Eye Camp team every year it carries out its duties in the Ohangwena Region.
She commended Ohangwena Regional Governor, Usko Nghaamwa, saying he was the only regional governor who paid a visit to the Eye Camp to give a word of encouragement since inception.
Ndume and her Eye Camp team have restored the eyesight of some 35 000 clients in Namibia so far.