18 Sep 2017 08:10am
RUNDU, 18 SEP (NAMPA) The United States (US) Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton will on Tuesday hand over prefabricated containers at the Nkurenkuru Health Centre in the Kavango West Region.
Daughton will also handover a partitioned antiretroviral treatment (ART) clinic at Nankudu District Hospital and tour a two-room modular house for medical staff at Nzinze clinic.
This initiative by the U.S. Government, is to support Namibias efforts to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals and hopefully achieve Africas first AIDS-free generation, Information Assistant at the Americal Cultural Centre, Jordaania Andima said in a statement on Sunday.
The U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Centre for Disease Control (CDC) provided financial support valued at N.dollars 1.7 million to set up the three containers and shaded waiting area at Nkurenkuru Health Centre and N.dollars 1.3 million for partitioning the Nankudu District Hospital.
The modular house was procured at the value of N.dollars 4.8 million.
Andima said the renovated and improved facilities provide the means to improve access to and provision of HIV testing and care services.
Access quality healthcare at the community level also saves patients time and money, increases the likelihood that patients will access health services, and improves quality of life.
The Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Dr. Bernard Haufiku, the Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausiku are expected to give remarks at the event.
In early 2017, the MoHSS team undertook a supervisory visit to the Kavango West Region where they observed patient congestion at the ART clinic at Nkurenkuru Health Centre.
Andima explained that HIV patients were served at the same area as other patients, which made it difficult for patients to go for follow-up visits due to stigma and confidentiality matters.
A similar observation was made at Nankudu District Hospital where they also found that necessary amenities such as shaded waiting areas for patients and benches were not available.
Nankudu District Hospital is 18 kilometres from Nkurenkuru.
Some healthcare workers did not have suitable accommodation close to the clinics and thus had to travel long distances to work.