Onjuva in Kunene gets new clinic

15 Jun 2017 09:50am
ONJUVA, 15 JUN (NAMPA) – Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku on Tuesday opened a clinic at the Onjuva village in the Kunene Region.
Onjuva is located some 200 kilometre west of Opuwo.
Its remote location, coupled with bad roads make health services difficult to access by the majority of people in the village.
Haufiku urged the community to take good care of the clinic.
Two male nurses are stationed at the clinic - something which has proven to be a discomfort to many women who live by their traditions and cultures in the community.
Kunene Regional Governor Angelika Muharukua, however, appealed to the residents to allow themselves to be treated by the male nurses as they are equally skilled and qualified to attend to them.
Thomas Shapumba, the director of health for Kunene, said the construction of the centre is a fulfilment of an objective of government to improve infrastructure.
“I witnessed every step of this clinic and I have strong engagement with the affected members of the community who made this project and dream of the government in general and the health ministry in particular become real,” Shapumba said during the clinic’s opening ceremony.
Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Thomas Daughton told this agency the clinic is a joint venture by the Ministry of Defence in his country and the Namibian Ministry of Health.
“As partners it is our aim to bring health services to people as close as possible,” he said.
Although thankful for the gesture, residents called on Government to provide them with an ambulance for the clinic and better road infrastructure.