21 February 2013

Namibia: N$25 Million for Clinics in Rural Kavango

Ncaute — With many people in rural areas not having access to basic health services, government recently committed over N$25 million to construct three health centres in the Kavango Region.

Villages at Ncaute in the Rundu Rural West Constituency, including Gcaruga in the Kahenge Constituency and Shamaturo in the Mukwe Constituency will by October have new state-of-the-art clinics. Speaking during a site visit on Tuesday at the Ncaute Clinic which is currently under construction, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi, said the clinics are being built to assist those living in the rural areas by bringing medical services closer to them.

"I promised about three years ago that I will ensure that this village gets a modern clinic, today I am here to show you that I have fulfilled my promise," the health minister said during his visit this week. Kamwi was however cautious and requested the contractors not to carry out "shabby work like in the case of the Omuthiya hospital".

"What happened at Omuthiya should never happen again because government and the people are not getting any value for money," he warned.

"If the construction is not done according to plan, it must be stopped. Whilst we appreciate black economic empowerment (BEE), we simply cannot live with BEEs that cannot do the work," he said referring to substandard work by some BEE outfits that are given some of the tenders.

When complete, the Ncaute Clinic will serve a population of 1 469 people and be served by three nurses. "If resources were available we would surely have built more clinics," Kamwi told the villagers.

Yesterday afternoon the minister and his delegation also visited the Gcaruga Health Centre that is also under construction to monitor the progress at the site, followed by a visit also yesterday to the clinic at Shamaturo.

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