Cuban medical staff accused of running private clinics

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday raided the houses occupied by Cuban doctors in Windhoek-West searching for government supplies following a tip-off by members of the public that the Cuban doctors have turned their houses into private clinics for remuneration.

Allegations are rife that Cuban medical doctors are treating patients for a fee which prompted a search.

Nampa was at the scene and observed some of the supplies being confiscated plastic bags.

The allegations came to light after the members of the public found a black plastic bag in a dust bin at the Windhoek Central Hospital’s doctor’s flats, which according to them were torn open by stray cats and the medical supplies were scattered around.

According to some of the witnesses, the medical supplies, some of which are used for papsmeers and syringes were part of the supplies with expiry dates daring to 2016.

NamPol’s Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa was at the scene but refused to comment, promising to provide information to the media after he had briefed his superiors.

Nampa also tried to get information from the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health and Social Services (MohSS) Andrew Ndishishi who was also not able to provide information as he had no idea of what happened and the time, but promised to talk to the media ones he has more information.

(edited)WINDHOEK; The Namibian Police on Friday raided housing occupied by Cuban medical personnel in the Windhoek West residential area after a tip-off from members of the public that they were operating private clinics there.

The police had been searching doctor’s flats at the Windhoek Central Hospital and State-owned houses occupied by the medical staff for Government medical supplies after being informed that they had allegedly turned their accommodation into private clinics for remuneration.

Nampa was at the scene and observed as some of the supplies were confiscated and taken away in plastic bags.

Members of the public had apparently come across medical supplies which had been scattered around refuse bins at the doctor’s flats, seemingly after stray animals had torn open the bin bags it had been discarded in.

According to some of the witnesses, expiry dates on the medical supplies showed that it was due to expire in 2016.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Deputy Commissioner Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa was at the scene but refused to comment, promising to provide information to the media after he had briefed his superiors.

Approached for comment, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andrew Ndishishi was also not able to provide information on the incident, and promised to talk to the media once he had been informed of what transpired.

A number of Cuban medical staff members are employed by Government, amongst others including medical doctors and pharmacists.

SOURCE: NAMPA