25 Aug 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 AUG (NAMPA) The Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) inaugurated its new headquarters in the capital on Friday.
The NIP House is located alongside Ooievaar Street in Windhoek North.
Delivering his keynote address at the inauguration, President Hage Geingob said the new building will provide a sound foundation for the NIP through its network of laboratories countrywide, to pursue its mandate of providing quality medical laboratory services.
The work you carry out at NIP is work that uplifts humanity and has dignity and importance, Geingob said.
NIP is a State-owned enterprise that started operating on 10 December 2000 through an act of Parliament to provide laboratory services to both the public and private health sector.
The Head of State also encouraged the NIP to exhaust all options and ensure that employment opportunities in crucial fields are offered to Namibias aspiring medical scientists, pathologists and technologists.
Where possible, you should also provide scholarships to students who wish to pursue studies in pathology, he said.
Geingob stressed that the NIP has an integral role to play in advancing cutting edge medical research and treatment in Namibia.
It is clear that an institution such as NIP holds strategic importance within our healthcare sector, especially for our State patients and the most vulnerable members of our communities, he noted.
The Head of State also shared his vision of adding medical tourism to the overall tourism portfolio.
Since we are a small country, we can easily make this a haven were people can come and rest, while they get treatment, he noted, urging leaders within the health sector to turn his vision into a reality.
NIP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Augustinus Katiti noted that since its inception, the institute does not have any long-term loans on its balance sheet.
We can proudly state that we managed to finance the entire construction cost of this building, including fittings and furniture, with our own funds, said the CEO.
NIP has over 40 medical laboratories and five patient care centres in all 14 regions.