In 2019, the School of Nursing at the University of Namibia introduced a new uniform attire to nature students’ professional outlook and to easily identify nursing students in public clinics and hospitals. Since then, students have been buying their attire from various suppliers.
One of such suppliers is PanMed Investment cc, owned by Dr Martha Shiyanga, UNAM alumni. PanMed Investment recently went through an experience with first year nursing students that prompted them to donate nursing attire to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Dr Shiyanga narrates that: “What moved us to start this initiative, was our encounter with first-year students that visited our store in search of the UNAM nursing attire long after a practical commenced.
“This run into reminded me of the many challenges students face during university and because of this reoccurring instance, we decided to make this initiative part of our corporate social responsibility moving forward.”
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Louise Pretorius was Mr Galukeni Kadhila, who expressed his sincere gratitude to the PanMeD team.
“The uniforms will be given to first-year nursing students, chosen from 4 of the University’s campuses that offer the Bachelor of Nursing Science programme.”
Nursing is offered at the Windhoek, Oshakati, Rundu, and Southern Campuses.
PanMed Investment cc, established in 2016, apart from manufacturing and supplying medical personnel uniforms, it also supplies medical consumables, surgical and laboratory tools.