Windhoek Central Hospital holds open day

Windhoek Central Hospital (WCH) held it first ever Open Day under a theme Know Your Referral Hospital Better here on Thursday.

The Open Day which was facilitated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) was celebrated for information sharing aimed for creating awareness to the public on different services that the hospital offers.

Speaking at the event, MoHSS, Executive Director, Ben Nangombe said that they understand and acknowledge the negative perceptions that some of the clients might have on the services provided and attitudes of the staff members towards the public.

This is the main reason why the MoHSS and this hospital community have taken up on itself to engage the public in order to dismiss the misconceptions, he said.

Nangombe added that in 2018, out of the patient departments attended 91 861 patients, admitted 25,309, operated upon 6 980 clients, 5 659 deliveries and 17 424 x-rays were taken.

We want to inform the public about different specialised services available to in this hospital and how to access these services in order to maximise the benefit from your visit to this hospital and meet your expectation in the quality of care this hospital provide, Nangombe explained.

Nangombe noted that WCH was commissioned in 1982 and became fully operational as a health facility in 1984.

He went on to say after independence, the hospital remained and was identified as a National Referral Centre for Specialised Health Care Services and had a bed capacity of 855 patients.

This is a National Referral Hospital and the one of its kind in the country put heavy responsibility on our shoulders in the provision of high quality specialised services to our clients, he stressed.

Nangombe further noted that the hospital provides a noble function of training the next generation of health care providers and professionals in collaborations with different stake holders.

The hospitals offer services such as cardiac unit, diabetic, maternity, nuclear medicine, pharmacy, paediatric, social services amongst others.

Source: Namibia Press Agency