Outapi District Hospital in a 'sorry state'; Governor frustrated

17 Jul 2013 10:00
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - Omusati Regional Governor Sophia Shaningwa has expressed frustration over the dilapidated state of the Outapi District Hospital.
She said the only hospital in the region has been grappling with problems such as old carpets and floors which are soiled, and which give off an unpleasant smell.
?The Outapi hospital needs a revamp. If you go into that hospital, it is dirty and stinking. The floor has become dilapidated, the carpets are old. How do you expect a cleaner to sweep such a carpet properly?? the Governor asked while briefing the media about the situation at Outapi in the Omusati Region last week.
?This is where lives are treated. If we do not have healthy people, we cannot talk about development in the Omusati Region,? she added.
Shaningwa was, however, quick to point out that she is not blaming the hospital management or Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi for the situation.
?I am not blaming the minister. The provision to revamp and rehabilitate the hospital should be looked at by all of us. It is an issue for all of us, including the Governor,? she emphasised.
Shaningwa also indicated that the money allocated for the revamping and rehabilitation of the hospital is ?very little?.
She could not provide any figures during the media briefing, but emphasised that the funds are not enough to make a big difference.
In April this year, the Ministry of Health and Social Services submitted a report to President Hifikepunye Pohamba, detailing how it will address the recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into its Activities, Affairs, Management and Operations.
Pohamba had appointed a Presidential Commission in August 2012 after alarming local media reports about the poor state of the country's public health sector.
The commission's report was tabled in Parliament early this year.