Oshakati Intermediate Hospital to get 42 specialists

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is set to create 4000 new positions for most of its 335 health facilities including 26 new specialists that will be placed at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.

In a media statement issued by MoHSS public relations officer Manga Libita on Monday, stated that the ministry got the go-ahead to create additional positions for health professionals in the country.

The Ministry approached the Office of the Prime Minister, through the Secretary to Cabinet to seek approval of which it received and the process for the creation of positions has already started.

Meanwhile, as short-time remedies, MoHSS signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU)

between the Ministry and several private hospitals, the National Medical Outreach initiative as well as support from medical volunteers from other countries.

The MoU with private hospitals allows their doctors to assist and support at public health facilities such as Oshakati Intermediate Hospital as well as district hospitals, Engela and Eenhana.

The MoU strengthens professional skills in surgical procedures, anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology; as well as neonatal care, it reads.

Another remedy, the National Medical Outreach initiative mobilizes both public health professionals and private sector doctors for medical missions to different public facilities.

The Outreach initiative which has been ongoing for several years, has successfully completed several medical missions to facilities around the country, it further reads.

Other interventions, the ministry benefits from international health professionals who volunteer the health facilities through the mobilization of equipment, funds, training (capacity building) and conducting of medical procedures.

Currently, there is an Australian Medical Team who operates under a charity called Health Volunteers International has been coming to Namibia since June 2017, providing some basic equipment to open the operating theatre at Eenhana Hospital which has been non-operational for several years.

Also, a non-governmental organization, NEO for Namibia which provides several pieces of equipment such as C-PAP machines, baby warmers and others to both Onandjokwe, Rundu and other hospitals as well as Mudiro, which is active mainly in Kavango East, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto Regions.

Source: Namibia Press Agency