Cuban medical staff accused of running private clinics

21 Mar 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police on Friday raided housing occupied by Cuban medical personnel in the Windhoek West residential area after a tip-off from members of the public that they were operating private clinics there.
The police had been searching doctor's flats at the Windhoek Central Hospital and State-owned houses occupied by the medical staff for Government medical supplies after being informed that they had allegedly turned their accommodation into private clinics for remuneration.
Nampa was at the scene and observed as some of the supplies were confiscated and taken away in plastic bags.
Members of the public had apparently come across medical supplies which had been scattered around refuse bins at the doctor's flats, seemingly after stray animals had torn open the bin bags it had been discarded in.
According to some of the witnesses, expiry dates on the medical supplies showed that it was due to expire in 2016.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa was at the scene but refused to comment, promising to provide information to the media after he had briefed his superiors.
Approached for comment, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andrew Ndishishi was also not able to provide information on the incident, and promised to talk to the media once he had been informed of what transpired.
A number of Cuban medical staff members are employed by Government, amongst others including medical doctors and pharmacists.