Namibia’s oxygen supply secured amidst Covid surge

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) mobilised its membership countrywide in the ongoing fight against the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has Namibia in its grips.

Members responded overwhelmingly and the NCCI could secure oxygen supplies to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to the tune of 21 tons per week for the next several months up to end-September.
That represents 84 tons of oxygen per month which the Ministry will distribute countrywide to public health facilities treating Covid-19 patients.
Dr Kalumbi Shangula, the Minister of Health and Social Services received the pledge from the NCCI earlier this week. Thanks to existing oxygen-generating plants and the additional pledge by the NCCI the danger has been mitigated of the country running out of oxygen supplies.
Dr Shangula explained public health facilities obtain oxygen in four main ways. Firstly through gas generation systems (ggs) at all referral and district hospitals, secondly by installed bulk oxygen tanks (Katutura Hospital Respiratory Unit, the Walvis Bay state hospital and Tsumeb state hospital), thirdly by way of oxygen cylinders and fourthly oxygen concentration devices which are available at public health facilities countrywide.

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