Honour Muharukua by improved health services: Tjeundo

04 Oct 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) – Fighting for the improvement of services at the Opuwo District Hospital will be the best thing to do to honour the late governor of Kunene, Angelika Muharukua, vice president of the DTA of Namibia Kazeongere Tjeundo has said.
In an interview with Nampa Tuesday, Tjeundo described the late Muharukua as one of the best governors the region has ever had, saying fighting for improvement of health services in Kunene was high on her agenda.
“This was one of our late governor’s official assignments when we had a meeting with the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andreas Mwoombola after the death of a woman at the Opuwo Clinic while awaiting medical treatment,” said Tjeundo.
The woman went to the casualty department of the Opuwo District Hospital on 21 September 2017 but was referred to the clinic, where she died in the queue the same day.
The clinic is situated on the same premises as the hospital.
Tjeundo, who is also the Opuwo Rural Constituency councillor, said the regional leadership, including Muharukua, proposed a few issues to Mwoombola which they wanted the ministry to look into and respond in a reasonable time.
Some of the issues are with the entire hospital management staff which, Tjeundo said, are not paying attention to their work, hence the alleged poor services at the hospital.
He told this agency that they requested the PS, among others to talk to the medical staff to adhere to and uphold at all times their ethics and professionalism, and provide the institution with some specialists in certain areas such as surgery, dentistry and others, which Mwoombola according to Tjeundo, promised to do by next year.
“We also suggested to the PS that the Florence Nightingale torch be re-introduced in health centres, where every nurse will be the ears, mouth, nose and eyes of the patients which we believe will change the recent situation at our health centres,” he said.
Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council, Julius Kaujova said it is the best thing to do in memory of the late governor, but “it will be very sad not to have her see it happening”.
Muharukua’s advisor, Katuutire Kaura, in an interview with the Otjiherero Radio Service recently suggested naming the road between Opuwo and Kamanjab as the ‘Angelika Muharukua Highway’ in her honour.
Kaura recalled that Muharukua, when she was a member of the National Assembly, had been advocating for that road to be tarred.
Muharukua died on Sunday morning at her residence in Windhoek. She was 59.