Khomas district hospital will not be built this financial year

With land having been availed and fenced off, the construction of the Khomas District Hospital which was started in 2017 will only commence in the next financial year due to lack of funding.

In an interview with Nampa on Friday, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director, Ben Nangombe said the documentation for the plot was started but it halted as a result of the lack of funding.

He said the MOHSS will need to rebudget for it.

In 2017, the City of Windhoek Council approved a land application by the MoHSS of the Khomas District Hospital which is earmarked for construction in the Havana informal settlement in the Moses Garoeb Constituency.

Addressing the lack of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds in the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, Nangombe said the beds are underutilised and the lack of the bed depends on the population of the country and the type of hospital that dictates the services it can avail to the people.

Therefore, you will find that in certain health facilities some types of services are not available there because it is taken that when that type of care is needed a patient is referred to a facilities which that service is provided. In Keetmanshoop, when you look at the size of that hospital that is one of the hospitals that is underutilised, Nangombe said.

Furthermore, Nangombe pointed out that the Ministry plans to use Keetmanshoop State Hospital and Rundu State Hospital to train medical interns which requires specialists.

However this is in the medium to long term planning, he said.

In a Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Information, Communication Technology and Innovation on the Kunene, Erongo, Zambezi and Kavango East regions last year on 22 July to 04 August and 12 to 17 August stated that multiple hospitals and clinics in the country face an avalanche of challenges ranging from communication technology to medicine shortages which makes it difficult for the personnel to attend to patients.

Swakopmund State Hospital, Anker, Erwee as well as Seringkop clinics does not internet access or have a landline and have a lack of IT capacity.

The Executive Director also said the Ministry has conducted a national information and communications technology audit to assist in its plan to establish effective infrastructure at all healthcare facilities countrywide to address the issues clinics have been having with communication technology after.

Source: Namibia Press Agency