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Kamwi leaves legacy for following minister

Mon, 23 February 2015 06:28
by Jona Musheko

Health Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi this week told The Villager that he is going to pass the responsibility of fixing poorly constructed health facilities to the minister who will take office in March this year, when asked about the poorly constructed hospital in Keetmanshoop.
“We have unfinished clinics, they are not complete because of the so called BEEs. We give them work but they are unable to give us quality, that is where the expatriates come. You are complaining about the Chinese but when we give you the work then you do not finish it” Dr Kamwi said.
The ministry said the Public Private Partnership Policy (PPP) which was launched last year, will be implemented by following administration. Minister Dr Kamwi said private doctors and state doctors will be working together at Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura State Hospital. He also denied alleged conflicts between private and state doctors in public hospitals.
The ministry has overseen the construction of over 100 clinics and health centres, with now 45 health centres and 271 clinics nationwide. The ministry has 12 specially dedicated (antiretroviral therapy) clinics which treats close to 140 000 ART patients.
“Let me now turn to the important area of human resources or human capital. There was a severe shortage of skilled personnel at Independence which included Medical Officers, Specialists, Pharmacists and other related professionals including enrolled and registered nurses. In order to focus, streamline and expedite training, we phased out the cadre Assistant Nurses and introduced an upgrading course from Assistant to Enrolled and Enrolled nurses to Registered nurses” Kamwi said.
He added that Namibia hopes to be self sufficient with the training of good quality and clinically solid undergraduates in Namibia. “ We have our own particular Namibian disease profile, our own particular health challenges and our particular peoples and cultures in Namibia” he said.
Kamwi says that the challenge in the area of human capacity and training has given him sleepless nights over the past five years and that he is keeping a keen eye on health care training development in the country.