New elevators for Keetmanshoop State Hospital

13 Feb 2018 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Works and Transport in the //Kharas Region is installing three new elevators at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital.
This is to remedy the situation caused by the existing eight faulty elevators at the four-floor district hospital.
Control Work Inspector, #Khagu //Hoeseb informed Nampa Tuesday that the project is being executed at a cost of N.dollars 4 million.
The installation of the elevators started in January this year and is expected to be completed by the end of March.
Of the three elevators, two are to be used by patients and one for the mortuary.
The contractor is Namibia Escalators and Elevators, the same company that used to maintain the elevators at the hospital.
//Hoeseb said the new elevators are being installed because the existing ones were old and problematic.
“They are over 40 years old and keep breaking down and at times, people are stuck in there,” he said.
He also said each time the elevators break down, the ministry has to hire a contractor from Windhoek for maintenance and this is very costly.
Approached for comment, //Kharas Region Health Director, Barth Mutenda said the new elevators are “the right investment as there are heavy goods at the hospital, especially in the basement that need to be moved up and down”.
He said the use of an elevator is the best way to transport these goods.
“We need new and strong technology, the old ones have expired and if not replaced, it can fall and kill people,” said Mutenda.