New State Hospitals for Windhoek, Ondangwa

PLANS are under way for the Ministry of Health and Social Services to construct a new state hospital in Ondangwa this year, the Ondangwa Town Council chief executive officer, Martin Elago, has said.

Elago told The Namibian in an interview yesterday that they had already met health ministry officials and that a suitable area has been identified.

“Yes we will soon have our own hospital. We met health ministry officials earlier this year for some site inspections and land evaluations. We have found a suitable area for the construction of the new hospital already,” said Elago, adding that Ondangwa is one of the most densely populated towns. He also said Ondangwa residents have been calling for their own hospital because they travel long distances to seek medical attention in nearby towns.

“We are so excited about it. This is a very big relief to us,” said Elago.

He, however, could not say when the construction will commence nor did he have information about constructing costs. The health ministry’s public relations officer, Ester Paulus, said the ministry plans constructing one state hospital in Oshana and another in Khomas Region this year.

“These regions are earmarked for these constructions because, currently, they are only served by intermediate referral hospitals unlike in other regions that have district hospitals to attend to the public,” said Paulus.

She also said the ministry will hire consultants to carry out a feasibility study in these two regions for the construction of the two hospitals.

Paulus further said as soon as the land issue has been sorted and evaluated, proper architectural work will be conducted and the appropriate budget will be requested from the finance ministry for the construction of the hospitals.

However, the budget for the feasibility study and for the construction of the two hospitals have not yet been determined, she said.

Source : The Namibian