By Confidente Reporter
NAMIBIA Breweries Limited (NBL) handed over state-of-the-art equipment to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) worth close to N$1 million for the Windhoek Central Hospital Eye Clinic run by eye specialists Dr. Helena Ndume and Dr. Sven Obholzer.
The Zeiss Visucam equipment a first of its kind on the African continent will improve the eye care to patients with better evaluations and will treat a large number of patients affected by diabetic eye disease and ocular vascular pathologies such as artery and vein occlusions, as well as age-related macular degeneration, which are some of the leading causes of blindness, besides cataract and glaucoma.
National marketing manager of NBL, Rosemary Shippiki at the handing over ceremony placed emphasis on the O&L group purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’ for all Namibians. “We support matters of national concern, especially focused on health, education, environmental preservation and social upliftment within the communities we operate. This sponsorship serves as a symbol of hope – not only for those that need that hope, but also for them that make that hope, a reality. Sometimes one person has a vision, but does not have the necessary tools to make that dream come true. But then there are others, that someone else who can help make that dream come true by providing the tools.
“Eye specialists Dr. Helena Ndume and Dr. Sven Obholzer are both strong beacons of hope – they provide hope for many Namibians with visual problems. They provide a new and meaningful life to all their patients whose vision they restore. We are proud and very happy to be able to add to the abilities of these doctors at the Windhoek Central Hospital Eye Clinic,” she said.
Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Andreas Mwoombola accepted the donation on behalf of Government, and applauded the effort by NBL. “O&L demonstrates good corporate governance, and leads by perfect example which I encourage other corporates to follow. This donation will serve the Namibian nation, and I can only imagine the happiness and smiles it will place on the faces of our Namibian people, and the value it will add to many lives. Namibia has many people with visual problems, and high technological equipment is very expensive. This donation will go a long way in adding great value to the work this clinic does, and to the lives affected. Thank you O&L for caring, and I trust that other corporates and the public at large will come to the realization that government cannot meet all the needs by itself, but that we always need assistance to empower this nation.”
Dr. Ndume said, “We have been eyeing this machine for a long time, but we were unfortunately unable to afford it. With the realisation that Government cannot do it alone due to the number of critical health matters and competing priorities on hand, we decided to take it a step further by approaching other entities for assistance. We shared our need with O&L, and they responded. And this is not the first time the O&L Group has donated to the Windhoek Central Hospital Eye Clinic – they have sponsored equipment before.
“Today emphasises the importance of private-public-partnership and what value it adds to the development of this nation. Allow me to also stress to those that think the MoHSS does nothing. The difference the MoHSS is making in this nation is priceless. They do so much; we have to start supporting this ministry more. Companies that make an effort and contribute to the development of this nation like the O&L Group should be applauded”.
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