Shangula commissions fluoroscopy machine at Oshakati State Hospital

18 Sep 2019 19:20pm
OSHAKATI, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday commissioned a fluoroscopy machine at the Oshakati State Hospital.
The machine was purchased at a cost of N.dollars 5 million by the Namibian government through the health ministry.
Speaking at the commissioning, Shangula said the machine will cater for a catchment population of more than one million people of northern Namibia, adding that this is done in line with the ministry‘s commitment in providing quality healthcare to the Namibian citizens.
Those in attendance at the commissioning, including Oshana Region Governor, Elia Irimari, learnt that the hospital has been without a fluoroscopy machine since 2011 when the old one broke down.
In addition to the commissioning, Shangula also received a donation from FNB Namibia of resuscitation training equipment to the value of N.dollars 350 000.
Receiving the donation, Shangula narrated that health provision is a shared responsibility and not only the duty of the ministry.
“It (healthcare provision) is an area where everybody can make a contribution,” the minister told the audience.
According to Shangula, the lack of a fluoroscopy machine in a hospital has a negative impact on the operations of the hospital and results in delayed diagnoses, management of cases and referral of patients to private institutions at a high cost.
“During the time when the hospital did not have the fluoroscopy machine, the hospital was forced to refer patients to private institutions,” he cited.
Handing over the donation on behalf of FNB Namibia was the bank’s Retail Banking Executive Officer, Nangula Kauluma, who said the bank, through its FirstRand Trust, partnered with the MoHSS to build a firm foundation for protecting the health and wellbeing of the people.