Over 131 medical students secure internships in government hospitals

08 Jul 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) – A total of 131 medical students have been placed to do internships in various government hospitals around the country as of 01 July, with the internship expected to run for a period of two years.
A media statement issued on Monday by the Ministry of Health and Social Services' Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, said among students are 11 dental interns, who will be doing a one-year internship and two psychologists placed at Windhoek Central Hospital, for the same period.
He said the policy on the placement of various categories of interns including professional interns in the public services was recently reviewed and approved, resulting in the introduction of a new overarching policy framework as stipulated in the Public Service Staff Rule.
“The staff rule consolidates the facilitation of placement of interns in the public service, clearly demarcating the types of internship and describing the operational parameters that apply to the different types of internships, qualifying and functional training,” said Nangombe.
He added that amendments were approved by the prime minister on the recommendation of the Public Service Commission.
“The facilities at which the interns were placed have been accredited by the Health Professions Council of Namibia and internship is the final step for the professional interns to secure registration with respective professional bodies and for them to ultimately start pursuing their callings as registered professionals,” said Nangombe.
He further added that professional interns play an important role in complementing service delivery in the ministry’s facilities, while the interns gain critical practical skills needed for them to achieve registration.
He urged students to be guided by the values of dedication, compassion and handwork in the execution of their duties.