21 Sep 2017 11:50am
NZINZE, 21 SEP (NAMPA) - US Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton on Tuesday handed over a modular house valued at N.dollars 860 000 to the Ministry of Health and Social Services' Nzinze Clinic in the Kavango West Region.
The two-bedroom house, procured by the United States Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Centre for Disease Control, is aimed at improving the living conditions of nurses here.
Daughton also handed over prefabricated containers to serve as antiretroviral treatment clinics at the Nkurenkuru Health Centre and Nankudu District Hospital.
The Nzinze Clinic has a staff compliment of seven people, comprising a registered nurse who is in charge of the clinic, an enrolled nurse, a health assistant, two health extension workers, a cleaner and a tuberculosis field worker.
The fully equipped house has an open plan kitchen and lounge as well as a bathroom and toilet.
It enables accessibility as well as availability of nurses whenever they are needed to attend to emergency cases.
The nurse in charge of the clinic, Power Rupande, has been at the clinic for the past two years.
He has been living with his family in a room attached to the clinic.
Modular housing are a step in the right direction and incentives to retain staff deployed in very rural communities where there is no option for rental for staff outside of those communities, Rupande said.
Modular houses are built off-site and transported to their new locations.
One of the challenges experienced at the clinic is poor network connectivity which affects communication and makes it difficult to reach the nurses in cases of emergencies, hence the importance of being on site at all times, Rupande said.
The event was also attended by Health Minister Bernard Haufiku and Governor of the Kavango West Region, Sirkka Ausiku.