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The NamPower Foundation and the Round Table Hochland 154 group of medics have donated an autoclave machine to the Epukiro Post-3 Clinic.

Using steam to kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the equipment will be used to sterilise instruments used for minor operations and in sterilising procedures that can be done at the clinic level.

Head of the Nampower Foundation, Otilie Mujoro, stressed that the donated autoclave will cut costs in terms of procedures that were previously only done at Gobabis. 

"Currently, patients must travel to Gobabis for minor operations that they could do here at the clinic, but because of the autoclave machine, they could do those minor operations. Being a rural health facility, Nampower understands the challenges and difficulties that Epukiro Clinic faces in providing health services to the community."

Mujoro added that Nampower is committed to meeting the government halfway in improving local clinic and hospital infrastructure, amongst others in the country. 

Agnes Tjiramba, the nurse in charge at Epukiro Pos 3 clinic, agreed that the donation will greatly assist the clinic and extend the much-needed services to local people. 

"This autoclave will be in very good hands because it is something we have cried for and will be put to good use. We will even show you the statistics of the women we screened every quarter to show that this is the patient we screened, as well as the early diagnosis and the progress of it." 

On behalf of the Medic Rush Project, Stefan du Raan says that they are committed to assisting rural communities to uplift their health standards.

The donated autoclave machine is valued at N$40,000.

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Ngarije Kavari