The Namibian (Windhoek)

12 November 2008

Namibia: Katutura Hospital Goes Solar

RENOVATIONS underway at the Katutura State Hospital are starting to show, with a newly installed solar water-heating system not only at the hospital itself, but also at the nurses' home.

The Chief Control Officer for the hospital, Timotheus Mukura, says the new solar system represents phase seven of the Health Ministry's long-term renovation plan, which has already seen the replacement of all major pipes and other work inside the hospital.

The use of solar energy is expected to cut the hospital's power bill significantly, and is the new norm for all State medical facilities across the country.

The Katutura State Hospital has come under constant fire from the public for the inconsistency of hot water availability.

The next phase for the hospital, Mukura says, is the replacement of all elevators, which he says has been a major factor hampering the work of hospital staff.

Mukura pleaded with the public to stop vandalising hospital property.

"You'll note that we're continually mending the fences surrounding the hospital, because it seems as soon as we fix it, new holes are made.

"We've also needed to replace the glass doors inside the hospital because people have been kicking those in, breaking them," he said.

"We are really trying, but we have limited resources.

Two months ago we replaced the public toilets (on the ground floor), and already taps and pipes have been stolen," he said.

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