Windhoek – Namibia’s fight against COVID-19 got a shot in the arm this week with the donation of high tech laboratory equipment worth US$422,000.
The equipment, from the United States government, will be used by the Namibia Institute of Pathology.
It consists of 30 centrifuges, 15 vortex mixers, 12 biosafety cabinets, 10 refrigerators and 10 freezers that will strengthen laboratory capacity, provide a safer working environment for laboratory staff, and increase availability of temperature-controlled storage for samples and tests.
Washington’s top diplomat in Windhoek, Ambassador Lis Johnson said on Wednesday,“This donation builds on the United States’ promise to assist Namibia as we all battle this virus. We are in this together. America remains committed to contributing to global health security and humanitarian assistance worldwide and here in Namibia.”
Ambassador Johnson said the US had been working closely with the Namibia Institute of Pathology to build COVID-19 testing capacity since the start of the pandemic was declared in 2020.
“Our two governments have successfully partnered on many health issues over the past decades, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS. And today, Namibia can build on that experience and success to implement an effective COVID-19 campaign… America remains committed to contributing to global health security and humanitarian assistance worldwide, including here in Namibia,” she said.