Construction of Farm Etunda clinic commences

OTAVI: Former President Dr Sam Nujoma has donated land for the construction of a public clinic near his Farm Etunda, which is situated some 30 kilometres south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on Tuesday, signalling the start of the clinic construction process.

Speaking at the occasion, Nujoma said as soon as the clinic construction is completed he will donate building to the Ministry of Health and Social Services so that it becomes public property.

Nujoma said he donated a piece of land, some 300 metres behind the Etunda Petrol Station alongside the B1 main road, for the construction of the clinic and a primary school.

The construction of the Etunda Primary School building is in full-swing at the same site, and this school will also be handed over to the Ministry of Education upon completion.

The school will serve children from Grades One to Seven.

“I am confident that with the support we continue to receive from the general public and some corporate entities, we will be able to successfully complete these two projects which are in line with Vision 2030,” stated the founding president.

Nujoma said he strongly believes that education is the key to knowledge and power, that’s why he donated a piece of land on which the structures of a primary school are being built.

He explained that the school will mainly be used to educate children of farm labourers in the area around Farm Etunda.

Nujoma noted that the clinic will provide health services to school children, road accident victims travelling on the B1 main road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo as well as members of the general public.

Upon hearing this, a group of medical specialists from Germany, who were present at the event, donated a cheque of N.dollars 600 000.

According to the group’s leader Dr. Heinz Maier, the money will be used to purchase the much-needed medical equipment for the clinic.

He said his group of medical doctors is known in Germany as the ‘Entwicklungshilfe Sofortige und Praktische Problemlosung vor Ort’.

He said the idea of constructing a clinic at Etunda has impressed all members of his group due to the geographical location of the centre, and the role that it will play in the lives of many farm workers and children around Farm Etunda.

Well-known local businessman, Ben Hauwanga of BH Construction is the main contractor of the two projects.

The projects are scheduled for completion in 2015.