RUNDU: The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) is eyeing the Federal Republic of Russia to provide more medical doctors in the near future.
Speaking during a meeting with the Kavango Regional Health Directorate’s staff at Rundu on Thursday, Health and Social Services’ Minister Dr. Richard Kamwi said his ministry is critically challenged with a shortage of skilled personnel, especially registered nurses and specialists.
For that reason, the Health Minister revealed that plans are underway where he and his team would soon leave for Zambia, Tanzania and Russia before the end of this year to look for more medical doctors, especially specialists.
Namibian recently signed an agreement with Cuba, which country will provide Namibia with 68 medical doctors.
To complement the University of Namibia (Unam)’s course in Nursing, Kamwi informed those in attendance that his ministry has also introduced a Diploma in Nursing that will be offered by the Health Ministry.
That course will have an intake of 90 students per classroom, and be offered at Keetmanshoop in the Karas region, Windhoek in the Khomas region and Rundu in the Kavango region.
The Ministry’s Health Training Centre for enrolled nurses will then be moved to Katima Mulilo in the Caprivi region, Kamwi explained.
He thus encouraged people to lobby prospective students with Mathematics and Science-related subjects to take up such courses, which he believed will close the skills’ shortages gap being experienced now.
Kamwi also appealed to the regional health management team to ensure that all vacant posts of registered nurses are filled as soon as possible, even if it means recruiting expatriates because such posts have already been budgeted for by the ministry.
Before meeting with his staff, Kamwi consulted with the mayors of both Rundu and Nkurenkuru towns to lobby for his ministry to be provided with serviced land.
The two town councils indeed assured him that land would be provided to his ministry for free in the near future.
He also revealed that funding is in the pipeline to pave the way for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Nkurenkuru District Hospital, situated some 130km west of Rundu.
The Health Minister was accompanied by the recently-appointed Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi, Under- Secretary Peter Ndaitwah and his Special Advisor, Dr. Naftali Hamata.