FNB sponsors linen for Windhoek Central Maternity Ward.

WINDHOEK: The revamped Maternity Ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital was unveiled on Wednesday.

The Minister of Health and Social Services Richard Kamwi said in a speech read on his behalf by his special advisor, Dr Naftali Hamata that the maternity ward is more than a place where mothers come to give life.

Facilities at the maternity hospital include childbirth theatres, antenatal care unit, neonatal intensive care unit (ICU), and a premature unit.

The ward also provides services like HIV counselling and testing, as well as family planning and health education to mothers and fathers.

Since the reopening of the Maternity Ward in July 2012, 9 792 mothers have given birth at the facility.

From February 2014, 431 mothers delivered their babies there, while 256 mothers visited the ward for antenatal visits, 1 107 for postnatal visits, and 58 for family planning.

The First National Bank Foundation assisted the health ministry with new bedding to the tune of N.dollars 600 000.

Chairperson of the FNB Foundation, Jane Katjavivi said during the unveiling event that the health ministry approached the Foundation in 2009 when the Maternity Ward was undergoing a facelift, and the foundation decided to ‘adopt’ the ward.

The foundation essentially replaced the old bed linen with new linen, ranging from duvets, pillows and pillow cases to towels and curtains.

“To reduce incidents of theft, the linen is branded with a powerful mark of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the logo of the bank, signaling our joint venture,” said Katjavivi.

SOURCE: NAMPA