OSHAKATI: Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi on Monday expressed disappointment with some nurses who keep their mobile phones on, and at times receive calls, while on duty in theatres as doctors conduct surgery.
“Why are we using our mobile phones in theatres? My appeal to you, please no cellular phones during operations in the theatre,” Kamwi stressed, adding that nurses should treat patients as they themselves want to be treated.
He said this during a meeting with the ministry’s management cadres from various duty stations in northern Namibia at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in the Oshana Region.
During the meeting, Kamwi expressed unhappiness with the attitude of some officials who report the challenges they are facing in their respective regions directly to the Office of the President instead of his office.
“Let us communicate, let us give information and let us share our challenges,” the minister urged his management teams of the Oshana Region.
The Health Minister used the platform to ask regional directors to ensure that clinics are fully equipped and all vacant nursing posts are filled with immediate effect.
He singled out clinics such as Onamunama and Onangolo in the Ohangwena Region and Eluwa and Ekamba in the Oshana Region as some of the clinics with some nursing vacancies.
Before meeting the management cadres, Kamwi met with local authority councillors and officials to appeal for land where nurses’ homes can be constructed to address the need for nursing staff accommodation.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Andrew Ndishishi and Kamwi’s Special Advisor, Dr Naftali Hamata also attended the meeting.