Health minister supports medical outreach

17 Aug 2016 14:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 17 AUG (NAMPA) - Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku believes medical outreach programmes are necessary interventions to mitigate patients flooding to Windhoek, Rundu and Oshakati hospitals.
Addressing the three-day 2016 Medical Doctors and Dentists Forum at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Tuesday, he said outreach is about taking medical services to the regions and districts.
“Outreach also serves as teaching and sharing opportunities to district medical officers, interns as well as nurses and others,” Haufiku explained.
Such programmes also afford medical officers the opportunity to see what State health facilities in the districts deal with and are exposed to their equipment.
He said it is regrettable that some people appear to be resisting medical outreach, and singled out Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region.
“We had to cancel our outreach to Katima because only one case was booked for surgery and five circumcisions,” the minister explained.
The same week, Haufiku said, a bus full of patients went to Windhoek from Katima Mulilo and many of those patients were elective cases such as hernia repairs that could be done in Katima Mulilo.
Haufiku described the annual medical forum as a platform where medical officers share scientific knowledge and practical medical information that will enable them to make informed decisions in their day-to-day operations.
“Sharing information and learning from best practices, ladies and gentlemen, make us all dependable practitioners anywhere on the planet and at any time,” Haufiku narrated.
The theme of the forum this year is ‘Achieving Sustainable Change and Clinical Excellency’.