20 Mar 2019 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 20 MAR (NAMPA) Okahandja mayor, Johannes Congo Hindjou, has called on the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) to consider constructing a clinic at the Vyf Rand informal settlement.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Hindjou said that he communicated his request to the MoHSS minister, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula last week and that it was well received.
The mayor further said he also requested the recently launched warehouse of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices and consumables, biomedical laboratory supplies and rapid diagnostics tests, in the garden town to also contribute to the construction of a clinic as part of their social responsibility.
Residents of Vyf Rand have to walk between three and four kilometres to access health services, he stressed.
According to Hindjou, the situation is weighing very heavily on the residents finances as some of them are pensioners who cannot cover such a long distance on foot, while other patients, most of who are unemployed, are too sick to walk.
He further acknowledged that the verbal communication of something as important such as a clinic, would need to be followed up with a written request, which he said his office is busy drafting to be channelled accordingly.
Okahandja, Hindjou added, has a population of about 40 000 residents being served by only one clinic and one hospital, with the Vyf Rand informal settlement contributing 5 000 residents to the populous.
Shangula acknowledged that he took note of the request and that he has forwarded it to the deputy executive director in the MoHSS for procession.
I hope this will be channelled properly and believe that the [next] time I will come to Vyf Rand is when I will be coming for the official inauguration of the clinic, Shangula said.