Health ministry cleaning up hospital premises

21 Nov 2015 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Friday started a campaign to clean up the premises of all health facilities countrywide.
The ministry called on all health professionals that were off duty to take part in the campaign.
In Windhoek, a group of over 100 health workers picked up litter from the Windhoek Central Hospital doctors’ quarters, moving towards the main entrance of the hospital to the maternity ward.
The group met up with another group that picked up litter at the Katutura Intermediary Hospital and the University of Namibia’s School of Medicine.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernhard Haufiku also took part in the campaign along with his deputy, Juliet Kavetuna and the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Andreas Mwoombola.
Welcoming participants before the clean-up, Minister of Health and Social Services Bernhard Haufiku said a clean and healthy environment creates healthy working conditions.
“Medical care is not about medicine only. It is first and foremost about providing a healthy environment,” said Haufiku.
Also speaking at the event, Mwoombola said the ministry did an environmental assessment on the hospitals’ premises and it was found that a clean-up campaign was necessary.
“The environment is not conducive and we can’t call that looking after health in the country,” he said.
Mwoombola also said people should make use of the rubbish bins provided by municipalities instead of littering.
“This is not applicable to the hospital environment only, we need to keep the whole country clean. If you have a tin in your hand, please hold on to it until you reach a rubbish bin and throw it in the bin,” he said.