Medical campus for Walvis Bay
A local businessman is calling on communities to assist in acquiring equipment that would result in proper training.
08 June 2021 | Health
Paulus Ndume; Entrepreneur; “I need people to come on board...”
A medical campus built by local businessman Paulus Ndume, was officially opened in Walvis Bay on Wednesday.
This came after Ndume saw the need for a medical campus in the harbour town. While the campus will first focus on nursing, its main aim is training medical technologists.
However, according to Ndume, it is difficult to acquire the necessary medical equipment to do the training.
“We want to train people in specialised medical equipment. We need trained people to analyse samples of blood, tissue, and bodily fluids using the latest technology and analytical techniques. There are many people in our community who have the knowledge, but not the papers. We want to take those that have the knowledge and train them properly.”
The campus consists of six classrooms, a computer lab, admin block and doctors’ consulting offices, and can accommodate between 100 to 200 students.
“The aim is to facilitate internships for people we train on the same premises.”
He said that the courses the campus wants to offer are rarely offered in Namibia. Still, “I need people to come on board. What I am trying to do here is a process. We are consulting with government on the way forward to fully utilise this campus. This building is for the entire community. If there is anyone willing to partner with us they are more than welcome.”
Ndume grew up at Endola village. “After I completed my education, I joined the Namibia Defence Force for 15 years. In 2006, I was involved in a car accident and was told that I am no longer fit to be part of the military. But disability is not inability. I started a small business with one taxi. In time I acquired more taxis and later added a truck. Today we operate in the fuel sector and as well as the civil engineering sector.”
Erongo governor Neville Andre officially opened the campus, saying government is committed to fostering synergetic partnerships with members of the private sector who share the passion and dedication for inclusive growth in Namibia.
Andre thanked Ndume, lauding him as man who not only looks at opportunities to make profit, but gears such opportunities against the national development plans and programs.
“He is an entrepreneur, who constantly looks for answers to tackle unemployment, poverty and inequality together with government. Realizing the need for a medical campus here in Walvis Bay that will focus on training aspiring medical technologists, is definitely welcomed.”
Andre said due to the pandemic, Namibia is experiencing a lack of certain medical personnel and medical technologists.
“This initiative will ensure our children get into fields which respond to our industry needs and requirements. This training will happen right here in our town without them travelling elsewhere. I have no doubt that if this medical campus prospers well, we will have an influx of students, lecturers, administrative staff and researchers, which will further boost our local economy.”