The Ondonga Traditional Authority last week handed over 20 oxygen concentrators to Onandjokwe hospital.
The hospital has been facing an acute shortage of oxygen supply due to increased Covid-19 cases. The concentrators handed over by the Ondonga King Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, are worth N$360 000.
“I am hereby calling upon all our community members to get vaccinated because that’s the only way we can fight this pandemic. In the same vein, continue following the health protocols as provided as well as the right use of approved home remedies,” said Nangolo in his brief remarks.
The medical superintendent of Onandjokwe, Dr Akutu Munyika, said the concentrators will play a big role in relieving the main plant which often ran out of oxygen due to overwhelming numbers of Covid-19 patients.
The 20 concentrators have an oxygen output of 10 litres per minute. According to Munyika, they will be used for patients who need just a little bit of oxygen or patients that are recovering from Covid-19 and still need a boost. It can also be administered to general patients requiring oxygen in the hospital.
“If you put 20 patients on these machines, it means we have taken them off (patients) from the main oxygen plant, thus reserving it for those in critical conditions. So, that is the impact these machines have,” stated Munyika.