04 Aug 2019 17:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 04 AUG (NAMPA) Discussion are ongoing to resolve the impasse between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and its contractor for the completion of the TB hospital at Keetmanshoop in the //Kharas Region.
Its Executive Director, Ben Nangombe said in a media statement issued on Saturday that the construction of the hospital started in August 2015 and was expected to be completed in August of 2016.
He added that the hospital which is 86 per cent completed, costs the ministry N.dollars 46 203773.28 of which N.dollars 34 058 204.00 has so far been used.
Nangombe further said that the ministry appointed a new contactor to build prefabricated staff accommodation at Tses, Warmbad and Aroab clinics after the initial contractor failed to carry out the job.
The contract was terminated on 05 October 2015 due to non-performance and a new contractor appointed in 2018 is on course to finalise the project within the stipulated contract period, he noted.
For this project, N.dollars 4 729 368.48 was budgeted and N. dollars 2 307 790.64 has thus far been spend.
The Oranjemund Town Council, the executive director said, has provided the MoHSS with land for the construction of staff accommodation and a health centre at the diamond town.
The designs for the construction of those facilities are finalized and approved by the Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) and will cost the MoHSS N.dollars 49 million.
Nangombe also revealed in the statement that the ministry plans to build a staff accommodation and a new health centre at Aussenkehr as the current clinic is too small.
The clinic has limited consulting rooms as well as no space for overnight patients. During the peak grape season Aussenkehr has a coverage population of 40,000 people, he stressed.
The //Kharas Regional Council has availed land for the construction of those facilities and a detailed design was also approved by the MWT.