Haufiku applauds US Government for assistance in health

19 Sep 2017 19:50pm
NKURENKURU, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku has applauded the American Government through its Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton for improving health facilities throughout the country.
Haufiku expressed these words of appreciation during the handover of a prefabricated clinic at Nkurenkuru on Tuesday.
The minister said he was grateful to the USA government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and through its Centres for Disease Control (CDC), for supporting Government to improve health facilities that serve large communities in seven regions of the country - Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Zambezi, Khomas and Kavango East and West.
In the case of Kavango West, N.dollars 1.7 million was used to refurbish three containers and build a shaded waiting area at Nkurenkuru Health Centre while N.dollars 1.3 million was used to partition the Nankudu District Hospital situated 18 kilometres east of Nkurenkuru.
“We are thankful for your support and the commitment in supporting the Government of Namibia in improving the health of its communities,” Haufiku said.
Addressing the public at the handing over ceremony also attended by Kavango West Regional Governor Sirkka Ausiku, Haufiku recalled that at the time Government built some health facilities, the country was not faced with today’s challenges of HIV and Aids, Tuberculosis and other chronic diseases.
As a result, the buildings were not built in such a way that they could accommodate the growing health care needs of communities, he explained.
He also thanked the US Government for providing technical assistance in both urban and rural facilities and vehicles, which enabled staff to undertake outreach programme in areas with difficult terrains.
Hausiku appealed to the regional management teams to ensure that the facilities are well maintained, used for the intended purposes and protected from vandalism.