The Chinese-Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chinese pharmaceutical company Namax jointly donated anti-malaria medicine worth 500,000 Namibian dollars (39,000 U.S. dollars) to the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) on Thursday.
Ying Xiangyu from Namax explained the reason for his company making an urgent intervention by introducing the medicinal treatment known as the Artesun Artesunate powder for injection (60 mg).
“It is a lifesaving medicine which has been qualified by World Health Organization (and) will be in high demand for the treatment of malaria … because we want to be involved in the process of saving lives in Namibia,” said Ying.
Namax is a Chinese pharmaceutical company which specializes in malaria, tuberculosis and HIV treatment.
The Permanent Secretary of MoHSS, Andreas Mwoombola called on more corporate sector partners to assist the government with medicine as there was a decrease in anti-malaria medicine supply before the Namax donation.
“The Ministry of Health and Social Services has objectives of eliminating malaria from Namibia by the year 2020 and we are calling on the private sector to assist the government with medicine,” said Mwoombola.
Also speaking at the occasion of the donation, Charge de’affaires ad interim of Chinese Embassy in Namibia Li Nan said that the Chinese government will continue to work closely with Namibia help Namibia in their attempts to eliminate this disease.
“It is our full duty to take care of our Namibian brothers and sisters especially in the north, where the outbreak of malaria is severe. The donation embodies the relationship between Namibia and China. By working together we can win this fight against malaria not only in Namibia but also in the entire Africa,” said Li.