OSHAKATI: Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob is in northern Namibia this weekend to meet with the Swapo-Party leadership in the Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto Regions.
Geingob’s personal assistant, Esau Mbako told Nampa yesterday that Geingob would be meeting with members of the party’s leadership in these regions from yesterday until Sunday.
The minister is also the incumbent vice-president of the Swapo-Party, and was endorsed by the party’s leadership recently to vie for the same position during the elective congress due to take place at the end of November this year.
His programme for the northern regions kicked off with a meeting with members of the Cabinet Committee on Trade and Economic Development (CCTED) at the Northern Tannery at Ondangwa in the Oshana Region yesterday morning.
Mbako pointed out that about nine Cabinet Ministers attended the CCTED meeting at the Northern Tannery, situated near the Ondangwa Airport along the Ondangwa-Ongwediva-Oshakati main road.
The Opuwo Constituency Development Committee (CDC) is hoping to have a second State clinic opened at that town, and has indicated this to the Director of Health for the Kunene Region.
Director of Health Thomas Shapumba told Nampa yesterday that he supports the idea as this would ease the pressure on the current clinic and will help with service delivery.
The single clinic in Opuwo battles to accommodate all its patients as it is expected to serve a population of around 80 000.
Patients at the Opuwo State Clinic are forced to suffer long waits for medical attention, and this week the situation worsened as there were only two nurses on duty due to the fact that the other nurses were attending a capacity enhancement training course in Otjiwarongo and Windhoek.
Patients had to endure waits of up to three days before being seen to by the nurses on duty.
Shapumba said the idea to have a second clinic in Opuwo was introduced to him by the members of the Opuwo CDC this year and it is very welcome, adding that the committee now just has to follow procedure to realise the idea.