NAMIBIAN HEALTH MINISTER VOICES CONCERN OVER INSUFFICIENT BUDGET ALLOCATION

WINDHOEK-- Namibian Minister of Health and Social Services Bernard Haufiku has expressed concern that the 6.5 billion Namibian dollars (about 550 million US dollars) allocated to his Ministry in the 2018/19 fiscal year budget is not enough to implement projects it has planned.

The ministry received 6.2 billion (NAD) in the 2017/18 financial year.

Speaking at a meeting here over the weekend with volunteer specialist doctors ahead of their trip to the Kavango and Erongo Regions (Provinces), Haufiku alos revealed that his Ministry had debts of close to 1.0 billion NAD which needed to be settled.

He said the Ministry also needs more doctors, pharmacists, dentists and nurses and there are many available qualified poeple who have just completed their internships.

"At community level, we have more than 600 people trained as community health care workers who are not placed and who we believe will play a very crucial role at community level," he added.

Haufiku further indicated that his ministry wants to open a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Windhoek Central Hospital, revamp the entire trauma unit and introduce a snake bite programme. The ministry put in a request to the Treasury for 2.0 billion NAD for the next three years for these projects, but only received 100 million NAD.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK