Tsumkwe residents pleased about repaired mortuaries

31 Aug 2019 10:40am
By Mulisa Simiyasa
TSUMKWE, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – Tsumkwe community members on Thursday expressed happiness to see the mortuaries at Tsumkwe and Gam settlements back in working order after five years.
The mortuaries at the two settlements’ State clinics were out of order since 2014 and bodies of deceased community members had to be transported between 200 to 300 kilometres on gravel roads to Mangetti Dune and Grootfontein.
A resident of Tsumkwe, Likoro Masheshe told Nampa in an interview that for the past five years, it was hard to lay to rest a beloved person because of the high transport costs which were involved in transporting the body to and from the Mangetti Dune or Grootfontein State mortuaries.
“Transporting a deceased family member on a gravel road for a long distance was also a hurtful thing to us and this was just because a State mortuary next to us was not working,” he said.
Masheshe said since the Tsumkwe State Clinic’s mortuary became operational in July this year, the burden of the transport costs have been offloaded from the community members.
Another resident, Canea Kudumo said it was really a sad thing to think of a long-distance drive to collect a beloved one’s body from Mangetti Dune or Grootfontein and come back to Tsumkwe or Gam to lay him or her to rest.
He thanked Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge who led a delegation of ministers in April this year where the issue of the two mortuaries was discussed extensively.
Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Health Director, Samuel Shilikomwenyo on Friday said the two mortuaries were out of order due to their cooling systems which were outdated.
“We conducted some major repairs on them and they are working properly at the moment,” he said.
Shilikomwenyo said the two cooling systems had to be repaired at a cost of over N.dollars 300 000 to bring them back to their current conditions.