By Confidente Reporter
THE newly completed patient overnight facility at N/a’an ku sê Lifeline Clinic was handed over to the community of Epukiro Constituency in Omaheke region last week.
This upgrade was made possible by the donation from Sanrise Foundation, a Dutch charity organisation that donated funds for the development of this facility.
This vital support enabled new staff housing for the clinic’s doctors and nurses and the overnight facility which now allows patients at the Lifeline Clinic who require specific ongoing medical treatment and whose remote living circumstances would otherwise not permit the intensive level of care their illnesses demand, to be accommodated in the clinic’s vicinity, thereby ensuring the continuance of the vital medical treatment provided by the clinic.
Opening the proceedings at the handing over ceremony N/a’an ku sê Foundation co-founder and director Marlice van Vuuren applauded the Sanrise Foundation for the substantial contribution she believes will ensure the continued delivery of quality healthcare to a community in dire need of adequate and consistent medical care.
In his speech councilor Cornelius Kanguatjivi applauded the Sanrise Foundation, adding that the Lifeline Clinic has been crucial to the entire region.
Since its establishment in 2003, the N/a’an ku sê Lifeline Clinic offered free healthcare and support to the San, with a committed outreach programme carrying the benefits of medical care to those far flung communities, whose remoteness would otherwise limit the access to often lifesaving medical intervention resulting into 4 500 patients being treated annually.
The San population is considered the unhealthiest in the country, their life expectancy being just 52 years. This is 22 percent below the national average according to United Nations Development Programme figures from October 2007. Research conducted at the Lifeline Clinic in 2015 in Omaheke reveals that the San people are prone to the risk of contracting Tuberculosis (TB) compared to any other ethnic groups in Namibia.
The research further indicated that the diagnosis of TB at its earlier stage is often delayed due to poor access to health care, and the San are more likely to interrupt these treatments and die as a result of TB. The Lifeline Clinic’s facilities, high level of healthcare and ceaseless support is therefore fundamental in combatting the many factors that would otherwise suppress the wellbeing and health of one of the world’s most ancient cultures – the San.
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