Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb has handed over a Paediatric TB ward constructed by the company’s community trust at the Tsumeb District Hospital at a cost of N$860,000.
The amount caters for medical equipment acquired for the project which started in 2016 and was completed in three phases.
“A commitment of this calibre requires an active participation amongst stakeholders, to work together in the development of a healthy environment by putting in place robust strategies and to implement these strategies such as building infrastructures like the Paedetric TB Ward,” Managing Director of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Vice President of Dundee Precious Metals Inc, Zebra Kasete said.
“We believe health is the responsibility of everyone, from the individual, family, hospital staff (nurses, doctors etc.) and also corporate companies like Dundee, because we are the community.”
Kasete said the funding provided by the company will go a long way in its contribution towards the fight against TB.
“The more people know about TB and the importance of stopping the spread of the disease, the better it will be for us as a nation to preserve the life of our children, brothers and sisters,” he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO’s) Global TB 2017 Report, the aim is to end the global TB epidemic through the “End TB Strategy” with set targets of 90 percent reduction of TB deaths and 80 percent reduction in TB incidence by 2030.
“This is clearly a serious sign that we need to act fast to end TB and we can only achieve this if we stand together and help each other and also support the Ministry of Health and Social Services to tackle this epidemic.”
The company also committed a further N$650,000 funding towards the hospital.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to inform the audience that Dundee as the Company (and not through its Trust) has decided to sponsor the procurement of life saving medical equipment to the value of N$650,000 towards the Tsumeb District State Hospital. This is a separate investment that I’d like to commit to the hospital on behalf of the Company,” Kasete said.
Health minister, Dr Bernard Haufiku thanked the company for its contribution to the country’s health sector.
“We appreciate your kind donation. We promise to take good care of it, protect this donation and put it to good use. We also want to assure you that your donation is a true and long term investment as health funding is worth investment with excellent long term return on your capital,” he said.
“We believe what Dundee has committed to and practically demonstrated here today is a journey worth embarking upon and partnership worth pursuing as the long term outcome will speak for themselves ... a Namibia free of TB.”
The Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Community Trust was established in 2010, out of Dundee’s belief that it can help strengthen the social and economic fabric of Tsumeb by providing financial support to qualifying beneficiaries.
The Trust places focus on community health and welfare, vulnerable Adults, vulnerable children, orphans and for youth empowerment.
The total investment by the Trust in and around Tsumeb stands at over N$21.3 million.