Nankudu patients now sleeping under clean blankets

NANKUDU: Laundry activities at the Nankudu District Hospital got back to normal this week after the hospital’s laundry machines stopped working some three months ago.

Patients admitted to the hospital have been without blankets for more than three months after the hospital’s washing machines and dryers broke down towards the end of December last year.

The hospital is situated at the Nankudu village in the Kavango West Region, some 100 kilometres (km) west of Rundu.

since the washing machines and dryers broke, dirty blankets kept piling up outside the hospital’s laundry department in bags, a situation which forced the hospital to resort to transporting linen such as sheets and mattress covers and patient gowns to Rundu, where was washed by a private laundry service provider.

Employees working within the laundry department at the Nankudu District Hospital confirmed to Nampa on condition of anonymity as they are not allowed to speak to the media that the laundry machines started were repaired this week.

They told this reporter on Thursday that all the drying and washing machines are fully functional and the transportation of linens to Rundu has now been suspended and a visit by this reporter into the laundry room confirmed the worker’s sentiments.

This reporter also undertook a visit into the hospital’s four wards and blankets could be seen covered on the patient’s beds unlike before when they slept on empty mattresses.

The mal functioning of the washing machines caused an uproar amongst patients and the hospital staff as it was causing an unpleasant odour while patients were left to go to bed without something to cover for themselves while others were forced to bring their own blankets.

Clinics and health centres such as those at Mpungu, Rupara, and Mburuuru which rely on the Nankudu District Hospital for laundry services were also previously affected.

The Nankudu District Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chris Okebie was unavailable for comments as he is currently on vacation leave.

Some of the washing machines and dryers at the hospital are said to be more than 30 years old.

(edited)NANKUDU: Patients in the Nankudu District Hospital are now sleeping under clean bed linen following the repair of the hospital’s laundry machines this week.

The washing machines and dryers at the hospital, situated some 100 kilometres (km) west of Rundu in the Kavango West Region, stopped working in December last year.

The lack of clean bedding resulted in patients admitted to the hospital having to sleep without bedding, and the dirty laundry kept piling up outside the hospital’s laundry department.

In efforts to provide clean bedding, the hospital transported dirty linen such as sheets and mattress covers and patient gowns to Rundu, where it was washed by a private laundry service provider, but this process took long.

Employees working within the laundry department at that hospital on Thursday confirmed to Nampa on condition of anonymity as they are not allowed to speak to the media that all the washing and drying machines are fully functional, and the transportation of linen to Rundu has now been suspended.

A visit by this agency to the laundry room confirmed this, and this reporter also witnessed clean bedding on beds in the hospital’s four wards.

Some of the washing machines and dryers at the hospital are said to be more than 30 years old.

SOURCE: NAMPA