Health Minister to operate on patients at Katima

02 Sep 2015 19:20pm
KATIMA MULILO, 02 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku and several doctors will this week operate on some patients at the Katima Mulilo State Hospital.
Haufiku and a large team of private and State medical doctors in various fields arrived in the Zambezi Region on Wednesday, where they will assess over 50 different medical cases initially referred to state hospitals in Rundu and Windhoek for further attention.
They will carry out the operations from Thursday until Sunday.
During a courtesy call on the acting Governor of the Zambezi Region, Raphael Mbala, who is also the regional council chairperson, Haufiku said his return to the region follows a promise he made last month that he would bring a team of medical doctors to the Katima Mulilo State Hospital.
“I have fulfilled my promise. With me, I bring a strong team of young, skilled doctors, experienced specialists in different medical fields. We will assess the situation on the ground and operate on cases that have been identified,” he said.
Haufiku said dentists who also forms part of the group will check on cases of mouth cancer, as it seems that general practitioners are not properly diagnosing this life-threatening disease.
Oncologists will evaluate other cancer patients and refer cases to Windhoek should the need arise.
At the meeting, Mbala told Haufiku he is happy that the team of medical doctors is visiting the region and operating on patients, adding that the exercise is long overdue.
He however voiced concern that the Katima Mulilo State Hospital is understaffed, and asked the minister to look into this problem with the urgency it deserves.
“The hospital is seriously understaffed in all departments, especially doctors and nurses. We have patients that are dying because they are not attended to properly,” Mbala said.