AN upgraded 17-bed Covid-19 isolation centre was officially opened on Wednesday at the Lüderitz State Hospital in the //Kharas region.
The hospital does not have a wall-mounted oxygen supply system and is experiencing a shortage of mortuary space. There is also a need to develop an emergency operations centre.
In response, the Lüderitz Rotary Club in conjunction with their partners in Bocholtz, Germany raised N$550 000 to renovate and upgrade the old TB ward at the hospital.
The ward is no longer in use as TB patients get transferred to Keetmanshoop or receive home-based care.
The Rotary Club renovated the ward and purchased 17 oxygen concentrators, six parameter monitors, 20 Oxera devices, consumables, and 20 oximeters.
International director of the Lüderitz Rotary Club, Ulf Grünewald, said that never before in their history has a project been so critically important and urgent to save lives.
!Nami-#Nus constituency councillor Suzan Ndjaleka said the pressure on Namibia’s health system due to Covid-19 has been extraordinary.
She thanked the private sector for having stepped in to assist the Government.