LACK OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES…KATUTURA NURSES SEEK HELP FROM SYMPATHISERS

Student Nurses are frustrated with the lack of medical supplies, including gloves, surgical masks, and linen savers at the Katutura Intermediate State Hospital.

This has led the student nurses to seek help from marshal ranger Sean Naude.

"The student nurses have appealed to me because I work a lot with the public to see if we can try and get some supplies," Naude told The Villager on Tuesday.

According to Naude, the student nurses have brought the matter to the hospital's superintendent, but there was no positive response.

"There has been very little attention and funding from the government to take care of this. So, unless we the private sector step up and assist, we are going to be sitting with a disaster."

He added that working at the hospital regularly, he has observed that it is falling apart.

"The roof is falling apart, the floors are dirty, and the people and children are sleeping on the floor," he said.

He said the hospital's state is so bad that emergency medical practitioners are also feeling the heat.

"Healthcare in Namibia is completely neglected to start from our ambulance services to the equipment and the facilities. It is all in such a pathetic state. It is unbelievable," he stressed.

Naude said every time they bring a patient to the hospital in an emergency case; they are stuck at the hospital due to a lack of equipment.

"Because we can't transfer the patient from our emergency bed from the ambulance onto the hospital bed to hand over," he expressed.

He said they have donated what they can give to the hospital.

"These people are not looking for money. They said don't give us money, give us the products."

He further said they are setting up a meeting with the health ministry to address the matter further.

However, the executive director of the ministry of health Ben Nangombe denied a lack of medical supply.

"We have received quite a significant amount of these items and the stock, as I checked three weeks ago, it was still good," said Nangombe.

According to him, it can be that the people who are supposed to order the items from the central general medical store have not done so.

"I would want to believe based on the information that I took three weeks ago," he said.

Nangombe added that the high number of trauma cases at the hospital led to a lack of beds.

"The are some trolleys available that are being used, but I will have to confirm with the superintendent the number of trolleys they have in the hospital."

Earlier this year, media reports indicated that nurses at the Oshakati State Hospital in the Oshana region have been forking out their protective gear.

In 2017, doctors at Katutura and Windhoek Central hospitals approached the health ministry to tackle the lack of medicine and essential surgical supplies.