German Ambassador to Windhoek Herbert Beck last week handed over a special ambulance and medical supplies to the local non-profit emergency medical assistance organization EMA.
A total of N $ 1,888,610 from the 2020 German Embassy micro-projects fund has been made available for the purchase of a special ambulance and medical equipment to mitigate the high impact of Covid-19 on residents of Windhoek.
The main objective is to help vulnerable members of the community by providing them with free access to emergency medical care and transport to hospital. This service is primarily intended for people without medical assistance and unable to pay for emergency medical services.
EMA provides a rapid response emergency medical service including immediate medical attention by qualified professionals and subsequent transfer to a recognized medical facility. It serves all sites in Windhoek, including informal settlements.
With the intensive care negative pressure ambulance specially equipped for COVID-19 cases, the EMA will complement the already existing emergency service of the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the City of Windhoek by providing a service rapid intervention medical. Given the current COVID-19 situation, this special ambulance will increase the patient’s chances of survival during transport.
The transfer of powers took place in the presence of the Deputy Minister, Jérémie Nghipundjwa, Acting Deputy Executive Director, officially delegated to represent the Ministry of Health and Social Services, as well as the Acting Deputy Executive Director, Petronella Masabane .
Ambassador Herbert Beck, with Fabian Martens of the EMA-Emergency Medical Assistance Organization.