Curative and Clinic Health Care programme gets N.dollars 5.8 billion

30 Apr 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 30 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) apportioned 85 per cent of its N.dollars 6.8 billion budget allocation to delivering an extensive range of services to in-patient and outpatient healthcare for the 2019/20 financial period.
This was revealed by Health Minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula during his budget motivation in the National Assembly on Monday.
Shangula said the ministry has allocated N.dollars 5 849 914 000 to its Curative and Clinic Health Care programme for this financial year.
“The main activities are services provided by one national referral hospital, two intermediate hospitals, a number of regional and district hospitals as well as clinical services, such as diagnostic radiology services, laboratory services and pharmaceutical services,” he said.
Shangula stated that during the 2018/19 financial year, the ministry faced implementation and capacity challenges at the service levels, particularly with a 75 per cent service level at the Central Medical Stores; the main legal entity responsible for the procurement and distribution of pharmaceuticals to all public health facilities in Namibia.
“The absence of long-term supply contracts for pharmaceuticals resulted in long procurement lead-times which impacted negatively on the availability of pharmaceuticals in public health facilities because of irregular replenishment of stock,” he explained. Speaking about the delay in the implementation of capital projects from the 2018/19 financial year, Shangula said the ministry is continuing to establish new clinics and renovating existing health facilities in different parts of the country, in order to improve efficiency in health care delivery and accessibility to health care facilities by bringing services closer to communities.
He said the total N.dollars 6 868 271 000 budget allocation of MoHSS for this financial year would, amongst other issues, seek to address the procurement of pharmaceuticals and equipment, recruitment of additional health personnel, combating of public health outbreaks and the maintenance of health infrastructure.