Hangala suggests State hospitals to be run by private companies

20 Feb 2014 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) – The executive chairperson of Hangala Investment Holdings, Dr Leake Hangala has called for cooperation between the private and public sectors in managing State health facilities.
Hangala made the call on Thursday during a breakfast meeting on the 2014/15 National Budget tabled by finance minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Wednesday.
The breakfast meeting was organised by PricewaterhouseCoopers Namibia (PWC), Standard Bank Namibia, Liberty and Stanlib.
Whilst applauding Kuugongelwa-Amadhila for tabling the N.dollars 60.28 billion National Budget, Hangala called for coordination and cooperation in managing the State’s expenditure efficiently and effectively.
To this effect, Hangala suggested that the private sector and Government work together in the construction and management of health and education facilities.
He proposed that Government build the hospitals and give it to private companies to manage efficiently and competently.
“All the hospitals are all the same - Katutura State Hospital, Oshakati State Hospital and Keetmanshoop Hospital – they are overcrowded,” he said.
Hangala said the country's health system is very bad, and there is no efficiency in most hospitals.
An amount of N.dollars 6 billion has been allocated to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, up from N.dollars 5.2 billion allocated during the 2013/14 financial year.
Hangala applauded the government for allocating 22,7 per cent of the total budget to education for the improvement of the education system in the country.
He said the country need more universities, adding that the demand for higher education is very high than the supply.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has once again received the largest share of the National Budget, with an allocation of N.dollars 13,1 billion, up from N.dollars 10,7 billion received in the 2013/14 financial year.