Gam inhabitants want improved Government services

08 Sep 2015 12:50pm
GAM, 08 SEP (NAMPA) - Gam residents in the Tsumkwe Constituency in the Otjozondjupa Region want improved Government services.
The inhabitants were speaking on Monday afternoon at a public meeting that was convened by the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge at the Gam settlement.
Gam is situated over 400 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Ipinge is on a one-week familiarisation visit around the Tsumkwe Constituency for the first time since his appointment to the position in April this year.
The governor is accompanied by his special adviser, Moses !Omeb and representatives of different ministries including education; health; environment and tourism; industrialisation and trade; and Otjozondjupa Regional Council.
During the meeting, community members mostly complained of the poor health services they receive at the Gam Clinic.
Max Kandjii, a community member, said the clinic’s mortuary has never functioned since it was built a few years ago.
He also asked why the Gam Clinic only has two nurses on relief basis, and wanted to know why the Ministry of Health is failing to appoint four permanent nurses and a medical doctor to serve the residents.
Another resident, Ipupa Kauheva, said they need a public open market where community members could conduct their businesses.
Kauheva said there are many informal business activities ongoing at the settlement, but a lack of a common selling place is a huge stumbling block for their growth.
“We also need a banking facility, preferably NamPost’s banking services, since majority of us are pensioners,” he said.
Residents also want improved electricity supply to their houses and to the Gam Clinic to prevent medical drugs from expiring. Electricity will help maintain the clinic’s drugs cooling system.
Contacted for comment on the poor service delivery at the Gam Clinic, a representative of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Robert Hoaeb said the mortuary has not been functional because it is not electrified. Corpses are stored at the Tsumkwe Police Station Mortuary before collected by relatives.
He explained that currently, the clinic’s power is generated by solar panels, but these do not produce sufficient electricity for the entire clinic.
Hoaeb said he will request Otjozondjupa Regional Health Director to react to these problems faced by the Gam residents.
The governor’s official visit to the Tsumkwe Constituency ends on Friday.