Bigger clinic for Utuseb community
Healthcare for all
25 February 2020 | Health
Cleophas Mutjavikua; Cleophas Mutjavikua; "Show your gratitude and appreciation for this new clinic by taking care of it."
A modernised N$15.67 million Utuseb Clinic was officially inaugurated earlier today (Tuesday).
Before the establishment of the clinic, patients had to travel about 70km to Walvis Bay for proper medical care.
The clinic will primarily serve approximately 1 500 people living the Kuiseb Valley area, which includes Utuseb and its surrounding areas.
The construction of the clinic began in April 2016 and the facility was finally completed in July 2019.
During the inauguration ceremony, special homage was paid to the late Chief Seth Kooitjie, who played a pivotal role in the upgrading and building of the clinic.
The initial clinic consisted of only one room. The newly inaugurated facility consists of consulting rooms, a pharmacy, a multipurpose room, and nurses’ accommodation.
The services provided at this clinic now range from immunisation, family planning, ART services, TB, HIV counselling and testing, to antenatal care and emergency deliveries.
From one nurse assisting patients in the past, there are now two permanent nurses; a registered nurse and an enrolled nurse, one health assistant and a cleaner.
Deputy chief Stoffel Anamab asked that the clinic be renamed after the late Chief Seth Kooitjie. “It is because of his hard work that this clinic is now a reality.”
Governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, urged residents to take care of the clinic.
“Show your gratitude and appreciation for this new clinic by taking care of it.”
Also speaking at the event, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said that primary healthcare is the bedrock upon which the Namibian public health care system is anchored.
“With a stronger primary health care system, we are able to ensure that many ailments are prevented at household and community level and fewer people will end up in hospitals.
“Government will continue to promote the health and well-being of the people of Namibia. I am confident that the fully equipped facility will go a long way in strengthening health care delivery to the community. ”
The minister elaborated on the issues of a nurse that was arrested in the Omusati region for theft of pharmaceuticals and clinical items.
“This despicable act undermines the efforts of government to ensure that our facilities have sufficient stock of these items. I warn staff members that anyone caught stealing will face the wrath of the law. They must refrain from doing so. Stealing and vandalizing our facilities undermines government efforts to improve healthcare. It must be rooted out at all cost. I call upon our communities to report any acts of theft to law enforcement agencies and to health authorities.”
He assured the audience that the shortage of medicine at the various hospitals is something of the past.
“The ministry has gone to great lengths in recent months to procure and distribute pharmaceuticals and clinical items to our facilities around the country.”