Omungwelume community receives upgraded clinic

23 Apr 2014 17:50pm
OMUNGWELUME, 23 APR (NAMPA) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi officially inaugurated the upgraded Omungwelume Primary Health Care Clinic on Wednesday.
The clinic is situated in the Ohangwena Region’s Ongenga Constituency.
It is an old health facility that has been extended to include staff housing, and received upgrades worth N.dollars 7,8 million.
“The extension of the Omungwelume Clinic demonstrates that the government is committed to bringing health services closer to the people of this country,” said Kamwi whilst delivering his official inauguration address.
The minister pointed out that Omungwelume is one of the country’s largest rural clinics and it serves a population of 15 335 people.
In line with the Primary Health Care approach, the clinic provides a number of health services such as screening, family planning, immunisation, ante- and post-natal care, malaria rapid testing and HIV counselling and testing.
According to Kamwi, the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and health education will also be provided at the upgraded Omungwelume Clinic.
He called on staff members to assist Angolan nationals who might also seek medical treatment at the clinic, which is situated near the Namibia-Angola border.
The Health and Social Services Minister noted that four other clinics are going to be built in the Ohangwena Region at the villages of Onamafila, Omuhongo, Onanghulo and Omauni during the 2014/15 financial year.
“Construction of health facilities will continue until such a time that people have at most a five kilometre distance to go to the nearest clinic,” Kamwi stated.
The Ohangwena Region has two district hospitals at Engela and Eenhana, two health centres at Odibo and Ongha, 29 clinics and 136 outreach points which render health services around the region.