Nurse dies in accident on Tsumkwe road

06 Jan 2018 14:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 JAN (NAMPA) – A 65-year-old retired nurse, who has been working on contract at the Mangetti Dune Health Centre, died instantly after a pickup vehicle she was travelling in overturned on the Tsumkwe gravel road on Friday morning.
The deceased has been identified as Lena Kharases.
Kharases was a retired nurse, who was recalled and recruited on a contract basis by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2013, due to a shortage of nurses at rural State health facilities.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha told Nampa on Saturday that Kharases was a passenger in the vehicle.
According to Mbeha, there were 12 occupants in the vehicle, including the 38-year-old female driver.
At about 90 kilometres east of Grootfontein, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it overturned on the C44 gravel road.
“The retired nurse then died on the spot,” said Mbeha.
Seven other occupants, who sustained serious injuries, were taken to the Grootfontein State Hospital shortly after the accident, while four escaped with minor injuries.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that the vehicle was heading from Tsumkwe to Grootfontein at the time of accident.
Close relatives of Kharases have been informed of her death.
A culpable homicide docket has been opened against the driver at the Maroelaboom Police Station.
Police investigations continue.