23 Sep 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is in the process of creating 4 000 new positions for most of its 335 health facilities countrywide, including 26 new specialists for the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
A media statement issued by MoHSS public relations officer Manga Libita on Monday stated that the ministry received approval from the Office of the Prime Minister to create the 4 000 positions for health professionals in the country.
Currently, there are already 16 specialists positions vacant at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, in addition to the 26 new positions, which will add up to a total of 42 specialists for the hospital.
After diagnosing the severity of the ill-staffed health facilities, the ministry approached the Office of the Prime Minister through the Secretary to Cabinet to seek approval to recruit, which it received and the process for the creation of positions has already started.
Meanwhile, as short-term remedies, MoHSS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with several private hospitals and started the National Medical Outreach initiative as well as obtained support from medical volunteers from other countries.
The MoU with private hospitals allows their doctors to assist at public health facilities such as Oshakati Intermediate Hospital as well as the Engela and Eenhana district hospitals.
The MoU strengthens professional skills in surgical procedures, anaesthesiology, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as neonatal care, the statement reads.
Another remedy, the National Medical Outreach mobilises both public health professionals and private sector doctors for medical missions to different public facilities.
The outreach initiative which has been ongoing for several years has successfully completed several medical missions to facilities around the country, Libita said in the statement.
The ministry also benefits from international health professionals who support the health facilities through the mobilisation of equipment, funds, training (capacity building) and conducting of medical procedures.
Currently, there is an Australian medical team who operates under a charity called Health Volunteers International that has been coming to Namibia since June 2017 and provided some basic equipment for the operating theatre at Eenhana Hospital which has been non-operational for several years, according to the ministry.
Another non-governmental organisation, NEO for Namibia provides equipment such as continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) machines and baby warmers to the Onandjokwe and Rundu hospitals, while Mudiro is active mainly in the Kavango East, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto Regions.