Disability Affairs distributes special beds to beneficiaries

06 May 2019 15:00pm
KALKFELD, 06 MAY (NAMPA) – The Disability Affairs Department in the Office of the Vice President here on Saturday commenced its weeklong distribution of special orthopaedic beds to 11 of its members in various regions.
Deputy Minister of Disability Affairs, Alexia Manombe-Ncube, who is spearheading the distribution, said the beneficiaries were identified by her ministry in the different regions.
Manombe-Ncube on Sunday told Nampa in an interview that the beds are special as they are designed to prevent the aggravation of sores on people who spend a lot of time in them.
She said the regions to benefit from the programme during this week are Otjozondjupa, Kavango West, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Kunene and Khomas.
The 11 beds were donated to the department by Ohorongo Cement through the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2018.
Manombe-Ncube said her office recently concluded the identification process of the needy beneficiaries in the regions.
The Khomas Region is expected to receive four beds, Otjozondjupa three, while the four remaining regions each will receive one bed, she said.
The deputy minister on Saturday donated one of these beds in Okahandja to a 17-year-old Sophia Kashiyarua, and two beneficiaries in Kalkfeld; nine-year-old Valencia Geises and Vitjitua Mbangula,18.
“In addition to the 10 special beds, we also received 40 wheelchairs from a Chinese company and we intend to give all of them to the Ohangwena Region,” she said.
Manombe-Ncube said the beds can be lifted up or lowered down electronically for those recipients in houses with electricity, while for those without electricity, their caregivers would still use hands to manually lift up or descend them.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries in the Otjozondjupa Region on Saturday, Mavis Muningirua, Mbangula’s mother, thanked the Government for donating the beds.
“We are really grateful. This donation makes our work as caregivers much easy. I urge you to continue with this good job,” she said.