08 Jun 2014 14:00pm
BUITEPOS, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - The community of Buitepos in the Omaheke Regions Kalahari Constituency became the latest recipients of a primary health care clinic following the inauguration of the settlement's only clinic on Friday.
Buitepos is a border town on the main exit route to neighbouring Botswana. It is located some 113 kilometres (km) east of Gobabis.
The clinic will mainly cater for the growing population of the settlement, as well as neighbouring Botswana villages such as Charles Hill, Xanaxas, and Karukubis, amongst others. The community of Blouberg located less than 50km south of the border town will also be catered for by the clinic.
The new clinic will cut the travelling distance to Gobabis for community members.
Fransiska Hoases, a community leader who witnessed the inauguration, praised government's efforts to bring health services closer to the people.
Inaugurating the clinic, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi said the new clinic is testimony to the ministry's commitment to quality health care for the people it serves.
Kamwi said primary health care clinics are a vital service to the community as they are the first point of call for healthcare.
We are committed to the provision of quality health services and will not rest in our quest to make sure all people have access to such services. Government views health services as one of the backbones of an independent country, hence such efforts, he said.
While imploring nursing staff to render effective service to the community, Kamwi also urged the community to be courteous towards the health care workers as they provide a valuable service.
According to the minister, more clinics will be constructed in the region, while existing primary health clinics will be upgraded to health centres.
Amongst those to be upgraded to health centres will be the clinics at Aminuis, Otjinene and Epukiro, while other clinics around the region will be mostly renovated.
The Buitepos clinic, including a nurses home, was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 6.7 million.