22 May 2015 09:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 22 MAY (NAMPA) The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andrew Ndishishi and various stakeholders on Thursday gathered at Otjiwarongo to discuss the construction of a new referral hospital here.
Ndishishi and his deputy, Peter Ndaitwah facilitated the meeting that discussed the construction of the new Otjiwarongo Referral State Hospital with the stakeholders.
The PS said the hospital will offer quick health services to patients from the Oshikoto, Kunene, Omaheke, Erongo and partly, Khomas regions.
This will be a bigger hospital, and our plan is to upgrade the health and social services being offered at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital to a higher specialised level, he said.
Ndishishi said all critical referral treatments will no longer be referred to the Katutura Intermediate State Hospital in Windhoek once the envisioned referral hospital is completed.
The land on which the hospital will be built was already allocated to the Ministry of Health and Social Services by the Otjiwarongo Town Council in 2014.
The land needs to be fenced off this year before actual construction work starts, Ndishishi said, adding that the Otjiwarongo Referral State Hospital is expected to start operating in 2018.
Construction will take place in three phases, with a plan to accommodate any increase in population growth since Otjiwarongo is a centrally located town.
Ndishishi said the first phase will include an operating hospital, administration block, clinical section, hospital wards and supporting services like the kitchen and laundry facility.
The state-of-the-art hospital complex will also have an emergency landing site for helicopter evacuation purposes.
According to the PS, the hospital complex is expected to be built at a cost over N.dollars 720 million on 20 hectares of land situated in Otjiwarongos Orwetoveni residential area.
Ndishishi said his ministry has already budgeted a substantial amount of money towards the completion of the project.
The construction of the new hospital has already been approved by Cabinet and Members of Parliament, he said.
The PS also explained that the current Otjiwarongo State Hospital will stay as it is, and operate on the level of a district hospital.
Architectural drawings and detailed designs for the new hospital were also presented at the meeting by Braam van der Hoven of Sakhiwo Health Solutions Consulting Company based in the capital.