Health Ministry to build clinic in Kombat: Shangula

Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), KalumbiShangula has confirmed plans have been set to build a clinic for the Kombat community,

The town of Kombat is situated 37 kilometres east of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

In an interview with Nampa here on Thursday, Shangula, without confirming a date, revealed that the clinic would be built at an already-identified site as soon as the MoHSS secures external funds to ease the state from the financial responsibility of the current rented cost.

Shangula explained that it is a huge and unsustainable cost on government to continue renting that property.

I have seen the site [of the clinic]. It is a financial burden for government, because [until] when [could the government] keep on renting a property which [it] will never own? Therefore, it is of MoHSS's highest priority to construct its own clinic as soon as funds are made available, he added.

Local media reported late last week that for the past three years, government has been renting a two-bedroom house at N.dollars 50 000 per month to operate a clinic comprising of a screening room, toilet/washroom, kitchen and an HIV rapid testing room, in addition to other things.

The reports further stated that, there was no treasury approval for the rental agreement between the Attorney General's office and local businessman, Knowledge Katti, who bought the former mining town through his company Havana Investment in 2015.

Source: Namibia Press Agency