North to get promised referral hospital

February 6, 2018, 8:27pm

Health minister Bernard Haufiku has told the Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa that they have identified seven possible sites for the proposed referral hospital in the region.

Haufiku announced in May 2017 that there were plans to build a modern hospital to serve the northern regions and eliminate the need to send patients to Windhoek, more than 700 kilometres.

The 1000-bed hospital, Haufiku said, estimated to cost N$1 billion, would also serve as an academic and research institution.

The hospital would serve six regions - Ohangwena, Omusati, Kunene, Oshana , Oshikoto and Kavango West.

In a letter dated 2 February 2018, Haufiku said his team of architects and health facility planners had been in the field for the last couple of months to map out possible sites for the Academic Referral Hospital.

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