18 Dec 2013 10:50am
BETHANIE, 18 DEC (NAMPA) The upgrade and renovation of the Bethanie Clinic, which started in September this year, is progressing well.
The clinic is being renovated because it was old, but most importantly, it is being upgraded to a healthcare centre to provide more services than a clinic.
The Acting Director of Health in the //Karas Region, Dr Job Ndile told Nampa on Wednesday that 60 per cent of the work is done, and the total completion is expected in April next year.
The upgrade includes an expansion of staff accommodation; the improvement of the mortuarys capacity; and ultimately the extension of health services, especially the HIV prevention and treatment programme.
Healthcare centres are second-level referral centres. They provide all services provided by clinics, and in addition provide in-patient services, and can have up to 20 beds, Ndile explained.
He said the centre will also have laboratory services to analyse urinalysis, haemoglobin as well as syphilis screening.
Other services to be offered by the health centre are preventive care and health promotion, 24-hour basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care, manual removal of the placenta and assisted delivery by vacuum extraction.
Ndile further stated that the health centre will also give home treatment and out-patient care for moderate and acute malnutrition.
For the upgrade and renovation, 128 people, of whom 25 per cent are residents of the Bethanie village, were employed.
Government is spending over N.dollars 13 million on the whole project.
Currently, there are three registered nurses and five enrolled nurses at the clinic.
Bethanie is situated approximately 130 kilometres west of Keetmanshoop on the road to Lüderitz in the //Karas Region.