10 Sep 2013 05:30
WINDHOEK, 10 SEP (NAMPA) - First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has encouraged individual businesses to invest in all sectors of the country's economy, thereby creating jobs and wealth for the Namibian people and the Government.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital (LPPH) in the Kleine Kuppe residential area on Monday afternoon, Pohamba said Windhoek seems to be the centre of attraction for all kinds of investment.
She said the government would thus like to encourage entrepreneurs to also invest in other regions to uplift the burden on Windhoek, and to thus reduce the influx of people looking for work into the city.
These investments are also a means of empowering people with the necessary knowledge and skills for the development of the country, and eventually for the attainment of our long-term Vision 2030, said Pohamba, who is also the patron of the envisaged hospital.
Over N.dollars 380 million has been invested in the project, and the investment by the Demushuwa Property Developers is going to create more direct jobs for many Namibians.
During the construction phase, at least 1 000 jobs will be created, and 350 permanent jobs will be available when the hospital is fully- operational.
The First Lady further stated that in addition to providing job opportunities for Namibians, the 134-bed hospital promises to alleviate the shortages of maternity beds in Windhoek, which in turn will contribute to better service delivery to patients.
I would like to encourage the owners of this project to form alliances and co-operation with well-established hospitals in the developed world in order to benchmark our services with theirs, as part of our strategy to achieve Vision 2030, she advised.
Also speaking at the event, the Director of Demushuwa Property Developers, Desmond Howard said they invited the First Lady to become the patron of the hospital considering her impact and influence on the health care sector in Namibia.
He further said the hospital will commit to skills transfer and empowering the young generation of Namibian doctors.
The experienced doctors practicing at the hospital will offer training to younger doctors at specially-equipped lecture theatres, Howard said.
The LPPH will feature a 24-hour Level One Trauma Unit, which is a first for Namibia.
The hospital will offer crucial medical and surgical services, but also key ancillary services.
The medical and surgical disciplines will include Orthopaedics; Ear, Nose and Throat; Gynaecology; Obstetrics; Neurosurgery; Anaesthetics; Internal Medicine; Cardiology; Paediatrics; Plastic Surgery; Urology; Psychiatry; Pulmonology and Oncology.
The medical facility will form part of the new mixed-use business node called Hilltop Estate Development, which includes the Grove Mall of Namibia.
Construction of the hospital will start at the end of September, and aims to open in March 2013.