Debmarine Namibia has donated state-of-the-art endoscopy equipment valued at N$1.2 million to the Swakopmund District Hospital.

Endoscopy is a thin tube with a small camera inside that is used to look inside a person's body.

After receiving the equipment, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, says the donation will strengthen the provision of surgical care and provide reliable, timely diagnosis and intervention.

"On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the Government of the Republic of Namibia, I thank Debmarine Namibia for this generous donation and wish to encourage the staff of Swakopmund District Hospital to look after this equipment so that it remains in a good state of functionality in order to be used to provide services to the patients. May the good partnership between the Ministry and Debmarine Namibia continue to grow from strength to strength. And may we all continue to work towards improving access to quality surgical care for all our people."

The Senior Medical Officer at the Swakopmund District Hospital, Dr. David Tjiyokola, says the donation will help with surgical procedures requiring specialised equipment.

He said it would also significantly reduce the number of referrals to Windhoek.

The Chief Executive Officer of Debmarine Namibia, Willy Mertens, explained that the donation is part of the company's social responsibility.

"I was informed that Endoscopy Medical Equipment enables doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory problems, urinary tract issues, and gynecological abnormalities. Moreover, it provides a less invasive alternative to traditional surgical procedures, thereby reducing patient discomfort, hospital stays, and recovery time. As a company that relies heavily on technological advancement, we understand and appreciate the importance of essential technology and the critical role it plays in today's society."

Stefan |Uirab