Opuwo District Hospital to become referral hospital

10 Feb 2014 11:30am
OPUWO, 10 FEB (NAMPA) – The Opuwo District Hospital will soon be upgraded to a regional referral hospital as planned in the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ roadmap approved by Cabinet last year.
This was revealed by Health Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi on Thursday during the official opening of the new maternity ward at the Opuwo District Hospital.
This hospital was officially opened in 1978 for a population of about 8 000 people in the Kunene Region then.
Currently, the region’s inhabitants are estimated at 90 000 people.
It is one of the oldest hospitals in the country, and was renovated and extended after independence.
“People of the Opuwo medical district should know that Cabinet last year approved that the Ministry of Health establishes regional referral hospitals countrywide, including the Opuwo District Hospital to become a referral hospital in the near future,” Kamwi noted.
He said the Namibian Government, through his ministry, has done a lot in terms of putting up health infrastructure and renovating old health facilities.
His ministry is also working around the clock to ensure that all Namibians enjoy quality health services in all regions of the country.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services only has three regional referral/intermediate hospitals – being the Rundu State Hospital, Oshakati State Hospital and the Katutura State Hospital - with the Windhoek Central Hospital being the only national referral hospital.