By Staff Reporter
NEW State of the Art, Oshakati Intermediate Hospital with a cost of N$ 132 million was officially commissioned by President Hifikipunye Pohamba last month in Oshana region.
The hospital, that underwent a two year major construction, is boosting a private ward, the administration block, the paediatric ward, the kitchen and the dining hall for hospital staff amongst others.
The newly built hospital building, that has been operational since last year, also includes a TB ward, the only one of its kind in Africa.
Speaking at the commissioning event, President Pohamba emphasised that Oshakati Intermediate Hospital is one of the major health facility in the country adding it is vital provision of health care for the people.
President Pohamba further stated since independence there has been a high demand for health services placed on the hospital hence it needed to be improved and modernised.
“The buildings were constructed during the past two years at the cost of N$ 132 million. The health facilities are built to provide quality health care and comfort for patients so that they can regain their health,” said President Pohamba.
President Pohamba further highlighted that the new orthopedic clinic and workshop will now cater for people with disabilities, will be provided with quality artificial limbs, walking devices and special shoes to assist them in daily living.
Since the inception of the new facility, Oshakati Intermediate Hospital has generated an income of more than N$200 000 while 14 of the new wards has generated N$700 000, indicating that the health care services rendered are affordable.
“The money generated in this way will provide a welcome boost to the national budget so that further expansion and development of health services for all people of Namibia can be possible,” President Pohamba said.
Governor of Oshana region, Clemens Kashuupulwa commended the Ministry of Health and Social Services for upgrading the hospital saying it is now worth comparing to the envisaged industrialized Namibia inline with vision 2030.
“I admire the health facilities used in the completed building complexes. Namibia will be developed into an industrialized country as health care is now affordable in modernized facilities,” Kashuupulwa said.
Minister of Health and Social Services Richard Kamwi said the Ministry decided to renovate and upgrade the hospital for Namibians to be treated in sate of the art modern wards at affordable rates irrespective of status.
Health Minister Dr.Richard Kamwi also said the newly renovated Hospital facility will also serve as a teaching hospital for medical students in their clinical years.
“Oshakati Intermediate Hospital will cater for the larger population at an affordable rate irrespective of the status, poor or rich, to be treated in. There is a need for quality health care services,” Dr.Kamwi said.