The Vaccine for Hope Coalition on Thursday donated N.dollars 12.2 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for COVID-19 vaccine procurement and the vaccination campaign.The coalition is made up of companies such as Hollard Namibia, First …
The Vaccine for Hope Coalition on Thursday donated N.dollars 12.2 million to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for COVID-19 vaccine procurement and the vaccination campaign.
The coalition is made up of companies such as Hollard Namibia, First National Bank Namibia, Old Mutual Namibia, Allan Gray, Ninety-One Asset Management Namibia, Liberty Life Namibia, Stanlib Namibia, the Lüderitz Nest Hotel, C’est Si Bon and the Namibia Savings and Investment Association (NASIA).
The companies raised a total amount of N.dollars 12 203 920.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Esther Muinjangue said coalitions are imperative for effective and efficient delivery of services and eliminate duplication of efforts and wastage of resources. They also help gather stakeholders for more cohesive and comprehensive quality service delivery.
Muinjangue also stated that corporate social responsibility gives organisations an opportunity to work towards the betterment of the society.
“Equally, it is a strategic thought not to leave the responsibility of societal health solely to the government, but to take initiative to play your role as well for the betterment of our society,” she said.
The deputy minister noted that the donation is a reaffirmation of the private sector towards ministerial efforts to provide integrated affordable, accessible quality healthcare and social services that are responsive to the needs of the population.
“During this COVID-19 pandemic, no nation is spared. Namibia is also affected, hence businesses and the economy also suffered,” Muinjangue said.
The coalition’s coordinator and NASIA Chief Executive Officer, Jason Hailonga, stated that the Namibian private sector is expected to contribute about one-third of the total cost needed to vaccinate at least 80 per cent of the Namibian population.
“The amount pledged today is a good start and it is just the first phase. Therefore, I call upon all private sector entities to contribute for us to get to the amount expected from the private sector,” he said.
Source: Namibia Press Agency