ROSH PINAH: Residents of the Rosh Pinah mining town in the Karas Region on Friday received a State clinic.
It was a Primary Health Care Centre before it was renovated and expanded into a fully-fledged clinic this year.
It now has a treatment and baby delivery room, three screening rooms, observation room and a waiting area.
The clinic is manned by a Registered nurse and an Enrolled nurse, two community counsellors, two field health promoters as well as 10 community health care providers.
Two two-bedroom and one three-bedroom houses were also added to the clinic to provide the health staff with proper accommodation.
The renovation and extension was a joint venture between the Skorpion Zinc mine and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), costing N.dollars 6.3 million.
Each entity contributed half of the total amount.
Speaking at the official inauguration on Friday, Health Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi, applauded Skorpion Zinc for considering the health of its workforce as a priority and assist in building the health facility.
Kamwi said these efforts from the private sector and Government are aimed at improving the quality of health care services to the communities.
He stated that there is a need for more staff at the clinic, and that the regional health directorate should make sure this duty is performed to ensure adequate health services to the ever-growing population of Rosh Pinah.
Future appointments could include a Principle Registered nurse, midwives and a resident medical officer.
“With this health facility in place I wish to call upon all residents of this town, especially pregnant women, to make use of this facility maximally in order to avoid unnecessary complications,” the minister advised.
Furthermore, the health minister urged the community to take good care of their clinic and guard it against vandalism.
“Users of the clinic, staff the district and regional supervisors should all work hand in hand to ensure that this facility is maintained and kept clean and in good condition through early identification, reporting and rectification of defects,” Kamwi said.
On his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vedanta Zinc International Kishore Kumar said health and education are key priority areas in the company’s corporate social investment programme, thus they will continue to support it.
“Investing in communities where we operate is a culture that is deeply rooted in Vedanta as a group, that’s why we have been supporting the people of this town and the Karas Region,” Kumar said.
Apart from the new State clinic, Rosh Pinah also has a private and a mobile clinic for an estimated population of 9 269 people.
The town is situated 360 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop.