Opuwo District Hospital needs TB ward: Doctor

03 Aug 2016 17:40pm
OPUWO, 03 AUG (NAMPA) – There is need for a separate ward for tuberculosis (TB) patients at the Opuwo District Hospital.
Dr Lubega Haawa, a doctor at the Opuwo District Hospital, told Speaker of the National Assembly Peter (NA) Katjavivi when he visited the hospital on Sunday, it is difficult to control the spread of the disease as TB patients share wards with other patients.
He was supported by nursing staff of the hospital, as TB is spread through the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, laughs or sings.
“It is difficult for us to control the movement of patients in the wards,” Haawa said.
Other challenges faced by the hospital are the lack of a psychiatric unit, lack of a sonographer, delivery beds being too high and a lack of accommodation for medical staff. Hawa said they have to refer patients elsewhere for medical images.
“We have to refer patients to Oshakati for scanning while we have the equipment here and it makes our work difficult,” Haawa told the Speaker.
Katjavivi visited Opuwo in the Kunene Region and the Omusati Region from Friday as part of his outreach visit to assess water security and food security in the areas during the drought.
The regional visits also form part of Parliament’s oversight responsibility to ensure accountability, transparency and good governance.
The Speaker was accompanied by Members of Parliament and representatives of the Namibia Red Cross Society.
He promised the hospital staff that he and his delegates will do all they can to inform relevant authorities of the problems.