Caring correctional officer promoted
By Rosalia David
CORRECTIONAl Officer Fabina Nditoudja Hangula, who assisted a 20-year-old pregnant woman by helping her deliver a healthy baby girl in a yard was this week promoted from rank one to the rank of senior correctional officer, with immediate effect.
According to NCS Commissioner-General Raphael Hamunyela, who handed over the rank at a press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, Hangula went beyond the call of duty and therefore deserves the promotion.
“What Hangula did is beyond extraordinary and beyond expectation and therefore she deserves jumping the Correctional officer-2 [rank] to go to the one on top of the second one. Such heroic acts deserve a promotion. Well done.”
This comes after a heavily pregnant Lavinia Kashile was said to have been dragged out of a taxi and dumped along the road by a callous driver when he discovered she was about to give birth.
She had boarded the taxi from home in the Havana informal settlement route to Katutura Intermediate Hospital but when her contractions intensified, the taxi driver reportedly dragged her out of the car and left her on a street in Hakahana from where the young woman crawled to a nearby boundary fence, where she stood until the officer spotted her.
According to Hangula in a previous interview with Confidente, she got hold of two discarded plastic bread bags that she used as gloves to deliver the baby. “The young mother was really brave and in a matter of time, the child was born. Not long after the child was born, the ambulance arrived at the scene and they further assisted the mother and baby,” Hangula narrated.
Without any midwifery training, the officer did not hesitate to take matters into her own hands when she discovered that Kashile was about to give birth. “She told me about how a taxi driver dragged her out of the car when he discovered she was going into labour.
“She also said that she would not make it to the hospital. Immediately I ran into the house, briefed them about the situation and asked to make use of their toilet or at least the yard for privacy. Those at home told me they needed to ask permission from the owner of the house, who was at work at the time.
“We were then granted permission to make use of the yard. I encouraged the young woman to stay calm and help me help her, given the environment and no equipment at our disposal. I went through a dustbin where I found empty plastic bags that I laid on the ground. I then removed her T-shirt, placed it on top of the plastic bags and helped her lay down.
Speaking at the press conference, Hangula described the moment as unforgettable, saying she was excited to be back in the company of her colleagues and was ready to take on her new role as a senior correctional officer.
“This experience has made me a brave woman and helping people continues to be my passion. We recently kicked down a door of a burning shack near Okahandja Park and managed to rescue their belongings. I am very happy, I didn’t know I was going to be here today, I just did it with the intention to helping the young lady.”