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Empowering Namibia with medical care

Thirty-nine Egyptian medical experts and specialists in various fields are currently in the country to provide health services to Namibians over a week-long period.

They arrived on Friday and are already examining patients, distributing medicine, performing surgery and adjusting prostatic legs and arms, among other medical care services.

Egyptian Ambassador Wael Lotfy said Vital signs the world is going through a difficult period, and priority must be given to Africa, and they aim to meet the local shortage in the medical field.

“This team brought in drugs worth N$10 million; they are going to perform surgeries and provide primary health care, especially to children,” he said.

This is the seventh convoy of doctors coming to meet the medical needs of the country for several years.

They are here through the Coptic Medical Association of North America (CMANA) and the Coptic Church of Egypt.

The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of the largest Christian denominations in Egypt and the Middle East. The church played a central role in the Arab Renaissance and the modernization of Egypt as well as the Arab world by contributing to social, political and key debates, such as Arabism, good governance, education reform and democracy. There are many Coptic centers in sub-Saharan Africa, with Kenya hosting about 50 and 12 in South Africa. The North American medical charity which has a branch in Egypt sent the doctors to Namibia to provide medical services to underserved communities, as well as to mentor healthcare providers with education, skills and leadership on health care issues.

“The Egyptian government’s support paved the way for Egyptian non-governmental organizations in Egypt and other institutions to do the same,” Lotfy said. Previously, CMANA sent several health experts, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and paramedics.

“We want to perfect the support model. We want Namibians to have the ability to make healthy and better choices. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether it’s better to get medicine or food to eat,” he noted.

Lotfy said the long-term goal is to promote Egyptian medicine in Namibia and build a society based on mutual agreements of the two nations for the benefit of the citizens. Collaboration between Namibia and Egypt dates back to pre-independence when the Arab nation formed the country’s navy and defense forces, among other aids. “In addition to doctors, we have also trained engineers, agronomists and teachers. Namibians have also been sent to Egypt for training,” he noted. During their arrival ceremony, Minister of International Relations Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, in a speech delivered on her behalf, expressed her gratitude to the team for choosing Namibia as the destination to carry out the noble work and charity of health service to Namibian nationals, especially at this time. crucial time when people are still dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am inspired by your association’s mission and strategic objectives which are faith-based and seek the well-being and improved livelihoods of the least privileged, at no cost,” she said. . Nandi-Ndaitwah added that the Egyptian Coptic Church, which is a registered member of the Council of Churches of Namibia, intends to set up a medical and community center in Ondangwa, Oshana region, for young people and children. . The center will offer specific education and health programs as well as vocational training, targeting young people and disadvantaged people to improve their quality of life.

“Our Constitution is clear – that people have the right to associate freely. As a government, we will ensure an enabling environment for your association to carry out the noble work, unfettered,” she said. – [email protected]

2022-05-12 Paheja Siririka

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