Omusati governor wants more medical staff

06 Jun 2016 14:40pm
OUTAPI, 06 JUN (NAMPA) – Omusati governor Erginus Endjala has encouraged members of the youth to enter the health profession as there is a shortage of medical personnel and facilitates in his region.
Delivering his state of the region address in Outapi on Friday, Endjala pointed out that the total number of approved posts on the healthcare establishment is 752, while there are still 76 vacant posts in the Omusati Region.
He expressed concern over the doctor to patient ratio, which he said is at 10 783 patients per doctor and 1 354 patients per nurse.
“There are 15 medical doctors, 222 registered nurses and 259 enrolled nurses. This indicates that there is a shortage of medical personnel.”
He reminded local entrepreneurs and other stakeholders that they are also at liberty to establish medical facilities in order to render medical and other related services in the region.
District hospitals in Oshikuku, Okahao, Outapi and Tsandi offer a total of 530 beds, while there are six health facilities and 40 clinics within the region.
The Omusati Region also has 176 health extension workers who are operational throughout the region since Cabinet approved the implementation of the Health Extension Programme in 2013.