Minister says Government will go back to drawing board to find ways of providing uniforms to all health workers

WINDHOEK: The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi says Government will go back to the drawing board to find ways of providing uniforms to all health workers in the country.

Delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday, Kamwi said this process will delay the acquiring of uniforms by the Ministry of Health and Social Services by several months.

The minister said since Independence in 1990, the normal practice has been the inviting of tenders for the supply of uniforms for health workers, bed linen, curtains, screens and other related materials.

He said these tenders were mainly confined to Namibian companies.

However, members of the public and some Members of Parliament have expressed their dissatisfaction with the quality of the fabric and the workmanship of the uniforms.

Kamwi said on the part of the ministry and the Tender Board of Namibia, there have been serious concerns about local suppliers not only in terms of meeting the deadlines for timely supply of uniforms and bed linen, but also the quality of the uniforms, the design, standard and textiles, as well as timely delivery of ordered materials according to the tender specifications.

SOURCE: NAMPA