Cement workers receive first aid training from Chinese doctors

27 Jan 2019 12:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – Around 80 workers of the Cheetah Cement factory at Otjiwarongo underwent one-day training in first aid by a team of specialised Chinese doctors on Saturday.
Four doctors from China who have been operating in Namibia since June 2018 through an agreement of the two countries and who are stationed at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital in the capital, conducted the training.
Team leader Dr Chu Hai Lin told Nampa his team and Cheetah Cement made the agreement to train workers of the company.
After the training, the doctors set up a mobile clinic at the factory where workers were screened for blood pressure and treated for headaches, pains around the neck, lower back and knees.
“The attendance of workers was good and I can describe the event as successful,” Chu said in English.
Acupuncture, a Chinese traditional medical treatment involving needles, and cupping involving placing small round bottles on the back were also provided to the workers for free.
The workers expressed happiness with the first aid training, the treatment received and prescription of medicines to them by the Chinese doctors.
Hu Jin, a construction worker at Cheetah Cement said it is rare to receive Chinese traditional medical services at a workplace.
“I therefore thank them for these medical services, and for them to have travelled from Windhoek to Otjiwarongo for us,” he said.
Lourencia Mungendje said the training taught her how to attempt to resuscitate a person in unconscious state.
Steven Haraseb said the first aid training was interesting as he learnt how to react to different types of injuries.
The newly-built Cheetah Cement factory is situated about six kilometres north of Otjiwarongo with a total of 260 Namibian and Chinese workers, of whom the majority are still working on the construction site of the cement mine.