New mortuary for Epukiro

08 Jun 2014 18:40pm
OMAUEZONJANDA, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - A mortuary that can accommodate up to six bodies at a time was on Friday inaugurated at the Epukiro Clinic at Omauezonjanda some 130 kilometres north-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
The construction of the mortuary was in response to a huge outcry by the community of Epukiro and surrounding farms who had to travel the odd distance to Gobabis for such services in the past.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi - who officially opened the mortuary – said despite being of primary service to the Epukiro community, the mortuary will also come in handy to assist in cases of car accidents taking place in its surroundings.
Kamwi said it was vital that the community of Epukiro make use of the services accorded to them by government to cut travel costs and other forms of inconveniences.
“This mortuary is constructed to be utilised by the community of Epukiro who may lose their loved ones. We know how vital such service is to this community and as such we urge all those who may require such service to utilise it,” Kamwi said.
He urged the Epukiro community to jealously guard and maintain the new facilities at the clinic as many other communities around the country are still without such facilities.
“Many other communities are yet to get mortuaries near to them as is the case with you now. Therefore, you ought to take good care of these facilities so that it can continue serving your community for long,” the minister said.
The Acting Regional Health Director for the Omaheke Region, Emgard Kaune, told those gathered at the inauguration that more services such as the upgrade of the local clinic to a heath centre, was coming to Epukiro.
“The ministry knows the importance of health care services, as such you as a community should expect more development within this sector in your respective communities. As such, take ownership of these facilities by taking proper care of them for your own use,” she said.
The event was also attended by the Governor of the Omaheke Region, Festus Ueitele and the Chairperson of the Omaheke Regional Council, Ignatius Kariseb, amongst others.
The mortuary was constructed at a cost of N.dollars 1 million.