Ongwediva Medipark inaugurated as teaching hospital
20 Apr 2017 18:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 20 APR (NAMPA) The Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital was officially inaugurated as an academic teaching hospital for the University of Namibia (UNAM) on Wednesday.
The hospital and university signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect in 2014 and the hospital has been involved in the training of medical, nursing and pharmacy students from UNAMs Faculty of Health Sciences since.
In 2016, Ongwediva Medipark received its full accreditation as a training facility from the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA).
The hospital was established in 2007 to complement existing health facilities in the regions.
Speaking at the event, the hospitals Managing Director Dr Tshali Iithete said the institution has recognised the need to elevate the standards of healthcare in Namibia so it can be in line with proven global trends and the countrys health needs.
It is t against this background that we sought to become involved in academics; sharing in the transfer of skills to the next generation of healthcare workers, Iithete said.
UNAM Vice-Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula said this marks a turning point in the success story of the institutions medical school.
Overstretched clinical training sites have limited the institutions growth over the past years and Medipark gave Unam the backing for intake of not just 50 medical students as the ultimate target, but indeed aim for more, Hangula said.