Signing Ceremony for the Economic and Social Development Programme for Medical Equipment Support
On 2 September 2020, the signing ceremony for “the Economic and Social Development Programme” took place at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation. H.E. Hideaki Harada, Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, and Hon. Netumbo Nandi–Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, signed the Exchange of Notes on the programme. This grant cooperation worth 300 million Japanese yen (approximately 50 million Namibian dollars) is to provide medical equipment for 17 hospitals.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Harada stated that the fight against Covid-19 should not only be conducted under symptomatic approaches to prevent its spread, but also that strengthening the overall health and medical system in Namibia is extremely important to safeguard against potential future viral outbreaks. ‘The COVID-19 pandemic should be tackled by the international community in solidarity and unity. Japan continues to take the initiative in overcoming the crisis in cooperation with the international community,’ he added.
Hon. Nandi–Ndaitwah extended sincere gratitude to this cooperation as well as to the long-lasting partnership between Japan and Namibia. ‘This donation will go a long way to further help to strengthen our health system in providing the highest quality of care, and empower communities during these difficult times and beyond.’said she.
Ms. Petronella Masabane, Deputy Executive Director, Ministry of Health and Social Services, also appreciated this support which is timely and the most needed.
This cooperation will contribute to the Namibian Government's tireless fight against COVID-19 and the strengthening of the overall health and medical system in Namibia.