The construction of the Ondangwa State Hospital has been put on ice because the allocated land was not suitable for the project, the Ministry of Health and Social Services’ Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi has confirmed.
Ndishishi told The Villager that “we have not yet found suitable land to construct the hospital, and we cannot build the hospital in an area which gets easily flooded. The area is also not suitable because it is within residential properties.”
He said plans are underway to find suitable land to construct the hospital.
Ondangwa was one of the towns envisaged to have a State hospital due to the high demand, and in order to ease the pressure on the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital.
“The construction will commence immediately after the ministry gets suitable land for the hospital,” he noted.
The hospital is expected to be completed by the year 2023.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondangwa Town Council, Martin Kasita told The Villager that the council has allocated the Health ministry another piece of land.
“The Health ministry told us that they cannot construct the hospital in that area which was first allocated to them because their engineers could not perform any engineering work there, and the council allocated them another piece of land,” Kasita explained.