Ueitele welcomes clinics’ upgrade in Omaheke

GOBABIS: Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele has welcomed the upgrading and renovation of several primary healthcare facilities in the Omaheke Region.

Health and Social Services’ Minister Dr. Richard Kamwi announced last Friday that several clinics will be upgraded to health centres, while the region’s main hospital – the Gobabis State Hospital – will also be upgraded.

The minister made these remarks when he officiated at the opening of a new N$6,7 million clinic at Buitepos, some 113km east of Gobabis.

Ueitele, who spoke at the same occasion, said the upgrading of the clinics will mean more people will be assisted at these health facilities, which will in turn lessen the burden on existing clinics.

He said many healthcare workers are forced to serve abnormally long queues of patients, which may inhibit quality service delivery at such institutions.

“Nurses having to serve long and unending queues of patients are nothing new in the Omaheke Region, or elsewhere across the country.

It is something that has threatened quality service delivery as these nurses become tired to concentrate on each patient diligently. This, in turn, becomes a burden on health provision”, Ueitele said.

The governor then hailed the efforts of the ministry to renovate existing facilities, noting that such renovations are long-overdue as some facilities across the region are in a dire state.

“While we have good clinics overall, some facilities are really in need of renovations. But as primary users of these facilities, community members also ought to play their part by taking good care of these clinics”, he noted.

The Ministry of Health also opened a new mortuary at Omauezonyanda in Epukiro, which will be able to accommodate up to six bodies at a time.

Amongst clinics to be upgraded to health centres will be the Aminuis, Otjinene and Witvlei primary healthcare clinics.