The vehicles were handed over by the Governor of the Kunene Region, Josua //Hoebeb to the Director of Health for Kunene, Thomas Shapumba.
These 10 vehicles include five Land Cruisers, one truck which was converted into a mobile clinic, and four minibuses to be used for transporting patients and staff members.
The vehicles are valued at about N.dollars 5 million.
Speaking at the occasion, //Hoebeb called on the region’s health employees to take good care of the vehicles, and to use them to the benefit the whole community.
He, however, registered his disappointment at the poor turnout of community members to receive the vehicles as only a handful of residents were present at the event, mostly Ministry of Health staff members.
//Hoebeb said the Opuwo Government Garage has become famous for being the biggest ‘graveyard of broken Government vehicles’, and called on drivers of the Ministry of Health to protect the vehicles like their own.
Shapumba, meanwhile, said the vehicles will be distributed to the three health districts of Outjo, Khorixas and Opuwo.
“Transportation is very vital to quality health provision,” stressed Shapumba.
He noted that the community can now be assured of quality health services, as the vehicles are right for the treacherous terrain of this region.
“We can now conduct outreach services in areas which are far from clinics, and conduct immunisation in those areas which were hard to reach in the past,” he noted.
Shapumba added that what needs to be done now is to mobilise the community to make use of the outreach services, which would be lined up for them every month at different villages.