210 Pregnant women tests HIV positive in 2013
Out of a total of 847 pregnant women who visited the Anti Netal Clinic in the period 2013/14, 210 were found to be HIV positive.
This was revealed by Superintendent of the Windhoek Central Hospital, Doctor Sara Shalongo at a briefing with the media last week. Dr Shalongo also added that about 14 654 women visited the of Ante Natal Care (ANC) unit at Windhoek Central Hospital.
She also revealed that out of the recorded visits to the ANC, 257 (8%) were teenagers with pregnancy.
“All the clinics that are being formed will be open for the public on a weekly basis” said Shalongo.
The statistics also revealed that for the 2013/2014 financial year there was a total of 4925 deliveries with 4864 being live babies and 101 of the mothers were women who were HIV positive.
“As part of the projects that the Ministry of Health and Social Services has to undertake for the Windhoek Central hospital, the strategy is to re-open the causality department and to also expand the ARV clinic,” said Dr Shalongo adding that, “This Anti-retroviral clinic will be properly functional, treatment guidelines adhere to and outreach services conducted at the Windhoek central prison” Dr Shalongo said.
Speaking at the same occasion Johannes Gaiseb, the Registrar of Medicine for MoHSS said, “New electronic dispensing tool computers and mobile dispensing devices were procured and distributed to all the Anti-Retroviral Dispensing sites.”
Shalongo also admitted that there is a shortage of specialists in the country and despite this, competition comes from those in the private health sector.
“The challenges under the human resources are that there is a lack of specialists in the country and high competition of skilled personnel is with the private health sector” said Shalongo.
For the period of 2013/14, there was also a recovery of 80 percent out of a total of 395 people admitted at the Windhoek Central Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 280 were adults and the rest were paediatric.
According to Dr Shalongo the Windhoek Central Hospital is busy with other projects such as the replacement of hospital lifts which is still in progress, replacement of sewerage systems which is in progress and the extension of Doctors Single Quarters which is complete, to mention a few.
On the discussion of projects, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) under the Clinical Support Services revealed that out of 37 radiographic departments, 17 transformed from analogue to computed radiography systems however the Ministry has proposed for more radiography positions.
Meanwhile the Deputy Director of the Clinical Support Services Nadine Karunga-Beukes also added that, “The Ministry has proposed for more positions of radiographers on the structure to address the increase positions of radiographers at state health facilities. Some departments are currently manned by one staff member who can be on call 24/7.”