Shangula commissions fluoroscopy machine at Oshakati State Hospital

The government has allocated funds to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) and recently bought Fluoroscopy machine, worth over N.dollars 5 million, for the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula commissioned the machine at the hospital on Wednesday.

He said the machine will cater for a catchment population of more than 1 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.

The commissioning gathering, including governor of the Oshana Region, Elia Irimari, learnt that the hospital has been without fluoroscopy machine since 2011 when the old one broke down.

Besides commissioning the machine, Shangula at the same time received the FNB donation of resuscitation training equipment to the value of N.dollars 350 000.

Receiving the FNB donation, Shangula narrated that the health provision is a shared responsibility and not only the duty of the Ministry alone.

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 operation of the hospital and results in delay in diagnoses, management of cases and referral of patients to private institution at 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 FNB donation, the bank's Retail Banking Executive Officer, Nangula Kauluma, said the bank, through its FirstRand Trust, partnered with the MoHSS to build a firm foundation for protecting the health and well-being of the people.

The FNB donated equipment is about preserving an unfettered and conducive environment in which to practice and administer medicine.

Source: Namibia Press Agency