11 Feb 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) There are 352 public health facilities in the country, according to Namibia Social Statistic Report for 2015/2016 issued by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) on Wednesday.
The report covers the period from January 2014 to March 2015 for Namibias health facilities.
The health facilities comprise of 274 clinics, a total of 43 health centres and 35 hospitals.
A clinic is a healthcare facility that is primarily devoted to the care of outpatients.
A health centre is one of a network of clinics staffed by a group of general practitioners and nurses providing healthcare services to people in a certain area.
The results showed that the highest number of clinics was found in the two Kavango regions (49), followed by Omusati (40), while the least number of clinics are located in the Khomas region with seven clinics.
The majority of health centres were found in the Kavango East and West regions (a combined figure of seven), while the Omusati region has six health centres. Similarly, the highest number of hospitals was found in Erongo, Kavango West and Kavango East, Omusati and Otjozondjupa regions with four hospitals each.
The lowest number of hospitals was found in Omaheke and Zambezi, with one hospital each.
Statistical information on health is basically used for planning and monitoring development and performance of the health sector. The data used in this section is provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Services through the District Health Information System (DHIS) and covers only public health facilities, the report noted.
In addition to the statistical information, the report provided explanations of the main statistical terms, methodological information on data sources and calculation methods of selected indicators.