Senior staff of MoHSS receive leadership certificates

18 Mar 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) - Over 60 senior staff members in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) received certificates for completing a six-monthsÂ’ senior management development programme on Monday.
The programme was organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in collaboration with the University of StellenboschÂ’s Business School.
Speaking at the handing-over of the certificates on Monday, Health Minister Richard Kamwi said his ministry has been working on improving the management and leadership competencies of senior management for the past five to seven years.
This was started against the background of increasing complexities in managing this sector, a growing demand for improved services for the Namibian population and considerable international pressure to ensure that Namibia will reach the United NationsÂ’ (UN) Millennium Development Goals, of which a large number are directly health-related.
Kamwi said in both 2008 and 2011, the ministry instituted an organisational health index study.
The major findings of the study confirmed that motivation levels amongst MoHSS employees were very low, and that there was a need to improve the organisational culture to make the ministry more responsive and service-oriented.
Management and leadership competencies were also found to be inadequate at all levels of the system, and with the appointment of a new Permanent Secretary for the ministry in June 2012 (Andrew Ndishishi), these issues were raised more prominently.
The minister said after consultations, the MoHSSÂ’s executive management decided to engage the University of StellenboschÂ’s Business School to offer specific management training for the ministry.
“In my capacity as minister and leader, I fully supported the establishment of the course. From my extensive visits in facilities at all levels countrywide, I know and understand that our management needs to be strengthened considerably,” he stated.
Kamwi added that he was very pleased with the course syllabus since he believes it covers many of the areas which need to be strengthened.
“I felt all along that we need to have managers who have the right attitudes and competencies so that they can improve teamwork to become more proactive on the one hand, and on the other to solve the many problems we face on the ground, rather than waiting for somebody or something from a higher level to resolve the issues.
I, therefore, provided enthusiastic leadership support for the training,” he boasted.