07 Feb 2018 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services can only employ a maximum of 15 of the 18 pharmacists who completed their internships at the Windhoek Central Hospital at the end of January.
Speaking at a media conference in Windhoek Wednesday, Minister of Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Bernard Haufiku, explained that the ministry does not have enough money to employ all the interns.
Let me be honest with you, the money situation at the Ministry will remain the same in 2018. There is no money, he said.
However, he admitted that there is a huge need for pharmacists at public hospitals across the country.
We are meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss the matter, perhaps we can meet each other halfway. If it means we should cut on certain expenditures in order to cater for pharmacists, then that is what we will do, said Haufiku.
He however said they cannot promise that they are going to employ all the interns and can only employ 12 or at most, 15.
As for the rest, we will see if we can arrange something with the private sector, he said.
Haufiku said the interns will be employed on merit and their willingness to working in remote areas such as Okongo, Opuwo, Karasburg or in the Kavango and Zambezi regions.
Local daily The Namibian reported last week that 80 pharmacists who completed their studies at the University of Namibia in 2017 and 2018 are scrambling for only one available post in the health ministry.
The report said 18 interns were sent home after their internships ended at the end of January.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Petronella Masabane was quoted as saying there was only one pharmacist position available in the ministry and the interns had to make way for new interns.