06 Sep 2017 19:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 SEP (NAMPA) The office of Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge on Tuesday pledged N.dollars 50 000 for the establishment of a police sub-station in the Ombili informal settlement at Otjiwarongo.
Ipinge made the pledge at a public information sharing session where matters of health and the safety of patients in the Otjiwarongo State Hospital were discussed.
The Ombili informal settlement is situated about six kilometres east of the centre of town and has no electricity and proper municipality services.
Officials in the Ministry of Health and Social Services and members of the Namibian Police Force such as Otjozondjupa Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze attended the meeting, among others.
Otjiwarongo residents used the platform to discuss other issues of concern and asked the police to set up a sub-station at Ombili as they said crimes such as housebreaking and general theft are on the increase in the area.
Tjiveze told the gathering that his office was willing to set up a police station for the Ombili residents if the resources are available.
Ipinge said his office is prepared to release the funds for the establishment of the police station at any time.
The meeting was organised in response to many concerns by residents which included entry to the State hospital last year by a gang armed with knives.
The community was also unhappy about the alleged bad attitude of some nurses at the hospital and the unavailability of ambulances.
During the meeting, the community asked that the dormant local health advisory council be revived so that it can continue to mediate between residents, the constituency office and State hospital.
Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo who organised the meeting said it was a success.
He said the meeting resolved that the Ombandje Security Company, which provides services at the hospital be capacitated to patrol wards and conduct body searches on visitors entering and exiting wards.
The police promised to work closely with the security company.
More than 100 people including police officers and health workers attended the meeting.