ROSH PINAH: The Skorpion Zinc mine and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a new Tuberculosis (TB) Ward in the Katutura State Hospital this year.
The signing took place alongside the inauguration of the State clinic at Rosh Pinah, which was made possible by the two parties.
The TB Ward at the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek will be used as a disease control unit for TB patients.
Health Minister, Dr Richard Kamwi and General Manager at Skorpion Zinc Satish Kumar signed the MoU.
It is not yet clear how much money each party will contribute, and when exactly work will start on the TB Ward.
Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali yesterday advised all mining companies in Namibia to consider giving house ownership to their employees.
Officially opening the Rosh Pinah State clinic here, Katali acknowledged the beautiful houses built by Skorpion Zinc in Rosh Pinah, but said people should get ownership of such houses, so that they can also own properties.
Katali said it is necessary for mine employees to be allowed to buy houses while employed, so that when the lifespan of the mine ends they have something to fall back on.
He said that if the mine closes, employees will be left unemployed and homeless, so, it is better if they at least have a house that they might rent out or sell to make some money while looking for another job.
On his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vedanta Zinc International Kishore Kumar stated that his company will continue to improve the living standards of the communities they operate in.