24 Feb 2016 20:20pm
RUNDU, 24 FEB (NAMPA) The Nkarapamwe Clinic is too small and on most days gets overcrowded with patients, to the point that ventilation becomes poor, says Sister Anastacia Siremo, who is in charge of the clinic.
She made this statement when the United States (US) Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton visited the health facility here on Wednesday.
The clinic is supported through the USA Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Daughton visited the clinic to familiarise himself with the work of nurses and HIV/AIDS field extension workers.
Siremo said the clinic has only seven nurses, who work in shifts, to cater for a population of 25 789 residents of Nkarapamwe residential area in Rundu, Kavango East Region.
Some days the clinic is fully booked and the ventilation is poor, so the immune compromised patients can easily get opportunistic infections like Tuberculosis (TB), since TB patients also come for their follow-ups to the same facility, she explained.
Transport to collect blood samples from the clinic is another challenge, as samples are picked up at 13h00 every day, thus the clinic is forced not to draw blood from patients in the afternoon, even if they are due to have blood drawn.
If we keep it at the facility, the blood will get spoiled. We do not have a place to keep it.
On his part, Daughton commended the nurses, saying he has the greatest admiration for the work they do.
Every time I come into a clinic like this and I see the sheer number of patients who come in here every day that you happily deal with, is remarkable, he said.
The ambassador said without nurses and other staff in the clinics, certainly the effort that is done together with the Namibian Government to fight the HIV epidemic would not succeed.