05 Aug 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) Despite land having been availed, the planned construction of the Khomas District Hospital, which was initiated in 2017, will only commence in the next financial year due to a lack of funding.
In an interview with Nampa, Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, said the documentation for the plot to be fenced off was started but was halted as a result of insufficient funding.
He said the MoHSS will need to re-budget for it.
In 2017, the City of Windhoek Council approved a land application by the MoHSS for the Khomas District Hospital which is earmarked for construction in the Havana informal settlement in the Moses Garoeb Constituency.
Meanwhile, addressing the lack of an intensive care unit (ICU) at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, Nangombe said the hospital is underutilised and the availability of an ICU at any healthcare facility depends on the population of the country, and the type of hospital dictating its capacity to offer services to the people.
Therefore, you will find that in certain health facilities, some types of services are not available because it is taken that when that type of care is needed a patient is referred to a facility where that service is provided. In Keetmanshoop, when you look at the size of the hospital; it is one of the hospitals that is underutilised, said Nangombe.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the ministry plans to use the Keetmanshoop and Rundu State hospitals to train medical interns and this requires specialists to train them.
However, this is in the medium to long-term planning as the Keetmanshoop State Hospital needs specialists who have three years of experience, he said.
A report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information, Communication Technology and Innovation on the Kunene, Erongo, Zambezi and Kavango East regions last year stated that multiple hospitals and clinics in the country face an avalanche of challenges ranging from information and communication technology (ICT) to medicine shortages, which makes it difficult for personnel to attend to patients.
Swakopmund State Hospital, Anker, Erwee as well as Seringkop clinics do not have internet access or a landline and have a lack of ICT capacity.
Nangombe on this said the ministry conducted a national information and communications technology audit to assist in its plan to establish effective infrastructure at all healthcare facilities countrywide to address the problems clinics have been facing, as well as several complaints from medical staff members.