13 May 2014 13:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 13 MAY (NAMPA) - Pregnant women living in Swakopmunds DRC informal settlement are now able to access maternal and child health-care services more easily after a mother-and-child container clinic opened here on Monday.
The settlement, which has a population of about 8 000 people who are mostly unemployed, did not have a clinic before. Residents had to go to the Tamariskia clinic situated five kilometres away if they were in need of medical treatment.
Opening the clinic on Monday, Minister of Health and Social Services Richard Kamwi said one of the key catalysts for the establishment of this clinic was the need for maternal and child health-care services expressed by the residents of DRC.
The clinic was sponsored by the Synergos Institute, Container 2 Clinic (C2C), Swakopmund Municipality, Erongo Regional Council and other partners to an amount of N.dollars 1.5 million.
In addition to the container clinic, Kamwi on Monday officially opened two more Primary Health Care (PHC) clinics in the Mondesa and Tamariskia residential areas of Swakopmund.
The Mondesa clinic is a new facility, while the Tamariskia clinic was extended with the addition of a new block. Both cost Government a total of N.dollars 15.3 million.
Kamwi used the opportunity to encourage all health officials, especially nurses, to sacrifice their normal working hours and go beyond the call of duty to help the patients.
Do not pack and go immediately when youre knock-off time comes. If you have patients who need help, please assist them first, he said.
The Health Minister announced further development projects for the Erongo Region such as the opening of another clinic in Usakos on Tuesday, an administration block for the Usakos State Hospital to be built soon, as well as a clinic which is currently under construction at Arandis.
Kamwi also said the ministry is busy building accommodation facilities for the Kuisebmond Health Centre and the Tuberculosis (TB) ward at the Walvis Bay State Hospital.
All these projects and more are budgeted for in the 2014/15 financial year, so they will be finished. As the money is already there we are not going to borrow money at all, he informed the community.
On his part, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said decentralisation is crucial for effective service delivery, therefore Government must speed up the decentralisation process.
We in Erongo are calling for the acceleration of decentralisation for accountability and effective service delivery, Mutjavikua said.
The governor further stated that there is a serious need for discipline and sacrifice among Namibians, as this is important for economic emancipation.