By Confidente Reporter
RETAIL giant Woermann & Brock (WB) donated 40 mosquito nets, worth an estimated N$6 000, to the Ministry of Health and Social Services last Friday, in support of ongoing efforts to combat malaria outbreaks.
The company’s gesture follows a malaria outbreak in the Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena and Zambezi regions earlier this year.
A total 45 people died of the disease from January this year, to date, while 23 670 malaria cases were recorded.
While receiving the donation on behalf of the ministry, deputy health minister Juliet Kavetuna said that the outbreak created panic, but quickly pointed out that the epidemic was now contained.
“The outbreak was caused by the rainy season. We, however, responded to that and tested people for malaria, especially those who are vulnerable. This includes children under the age of five, pregnant women and lactating mothers,” Kavetuna said.
“The testing was mostly done in the regions where there was an outbreak. Although it created panic, we did manage to bring it under control.”
Kavetuna added that the donation was highly valued, and would be distributed to those in need.
Senior Regional Manager of WB Supermarkets, Frieda Kandjii, said that the WB We Care Trust actively supports various charitable organisations.
“We are always willing to help our people, where it is needed. The distribution of nets is one way of combating malaria especially in rural areas,” Kandjii said.
She also used the platform to call on other businesses to follow suit.
Kavetuna also acknowledged the help that the ministry received in cash and equipment, saying that all stock will be managed properly and stored to be ready for the next malaria outbreak.
Other entities that helped the ministry fight malaria include Namax Pharmaceutical, Cospharm Investments, the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, Pick n Pay Rundu, Spar, Namibia Medical Care and Methealth Namibia Administrators.
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