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The expecting mothers at Otjimbingwe no longer have to travel long distances to Usakos to deliver.

This follows a donation of equipment worth about seven hundred thousand dollars courtesy of Lipidico Chemicals Namibia.

Ojtimbingwe Clinic has been without enough space for emergency deliveries, and patients have travelled to Usakos, 90 kilometres away.

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, said transporting patients for emergencies was challenging and posed a risk to patients.

The facility now has a delivery bed, a wheelchair, an examination lamp, and other vital components.

Nangombe said the donation will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.

"As a Ministry, we applaud you for your unwavering spirit. With the building and installation of this emergency maternity room, at least now your mind is at ease knowing that there is a place for safe delivery when you are faced with the emergency of a woman in labour. I want to remind and reiterate to everyone that this facility is to be used for emergency deliveries only or when awaiting transportation to the Hospital."

Witnessing the good gesture was Erongo Governor Neville Andre.

"Thank you for answering the call of learning to light a candle in the darkest moment of someone's life and being the light that helps others to see because at the end it is not about what you have but about who you have made better, who you have lifted up, and what you have given back to the community. Knowing that the majority of our people depend on Government health services when they are unwell, many mothers' and babies' lives will be made better."

Lipidico Chemicals Namibia Managing Director Joe Walsh said they will continue to improve accessibility to quality healthcare services for the community of Otjimbingwe.

"Our operations are going to be as sustainable as they possibly can, and we are looking forward to employing people from the community and creating Jobs that are not just going to be direct jobs; we crate operations here; there is going to be a very significant downstream job creation associated with this job operation; and we are looking forward to other activities generating greater opportunities for this community."

The senior head man of Tsoaxudaman Traditional Authority, Jonathan Neumbo, welcomed the donation on behalf of the community.

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