Health ministry to conduct health facility census

24 Aug 2017 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHss) is to conduct a Health Facility Census aimed at providing data on the institutions’ readiness and service availability.
The survey, to be funded by Global Fund at a cost of N.dollars 9 million, will focus on infrastructure, availability of resources, both human and material, and the capacity at all public and private primary health care centres in all 14 regions to deliver services.
Information on the availability and quality of mother and child health care, Human Immunodefiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) will be collected.
Other data will be on Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and all other health related services.
In a statement read on his behalf, line ministry's Permanent Secretary (PS) Andreas Mwoombola said the survey is a follow-up to the first Health Facility Census conducted in 2009.
A comparison of the 2009 data will be made to gauge Namibia’s health standing today.
“As a country, we can only deliver quality care if we assess the current situation and [are] statistically informed on the shortcomings that hinder the ministry from achieving objectives,” said Mwoombola.
Head of the survey, Rejoice Kambapani said the end results will help the ministry to allocate funds appropriately, and improve service where it lacks, as identified by the survey.
“The quality of medical services at public and private hospitals should not differ,” said Kambapani.
A total of 27 trained data collectors will conduct the survey in September and October.