Clinic at Utuseb to be upgraded

WALVIS BAY: The Ministry of Health and Social Services will upgrade the clinic at Utuseb in the Erongo Region to a primary health care centre during this financial year.

Currently, the Topnaar community of about 300 living at Utuseb is assisted in a one-room health facility, hence the need for the upgrade.

The Director of Health in the Erongo Region, Jeremia Nghipundjwa told Nampa on Thursday work on the upgrade will start during the current financial year.

He said they were reliably informed by their planning directorate at the head office that the room at Utuseb will be upgraded to a modern clinic, saying details about the project will be revealed at a later stage.

Last week, the Chief of the Topnaar Traditional Authority, Seth Kooitjie complained that the authority is in the dark regarding the upgrading of the clinic.

Kooitjie alleged that money had been given to Nghipundjwa’s office by the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) in 2011 as a contribution to the upgrading.

Nghipundjwa however said his office did not receive money, just a letter indicating that Namport would assist with the structural development of the Utuseb clinic.

On her part, Namport corporate communications officer Jo-Ann Stevens on Friday confirmed that the company had only provided the health directorate with a commitment letter saying it would financially assist with the upgrading.