The home affairs ministry has no plans to extend issuing of death certificates programmes at local hospitals as it plans to install an e-death notification system set to be tested in Windhoek next month.
This was announced by minister Frans Kapofi in parliament last week.
“We intent to start a pilot phase of the e-death notification system here at our two hospitals, the Central and the Katutura hospitals during July and August this year. I am pleased to announced that the ministry together with the office of the prime minster and the ministry of health; the ministry of safety and security as well as the Namibia Statistics Agency have developed an e-death notification system,” he said.
He added that one of the objectives of introducing this system is to reduce the turnaround time of death certificates.
Kapofi also said that it is unfortunate that the ministry will not be able to roll out the new system to all hospitals as it will be based in offices within close proximity to maternity wards and that the expected high traffic might pose a danger to new born babies.
“In this process we are also considering the option of opening offices at the state mortuaries for ease of processing,” he said.