The Ministry of Health and Social Services has, with effect from 1 July, placed 143 interns in health related fields.
Ben Nangombe, Executive Director of Health, stated that a total of 131 Medical Interns were placed at Windhoek Central Hospital, the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, the Onandjokwe Intermediate Hospital and at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital for one year.
In addition, 11 Dental Interns were placed at Katutura Intermediate Hospital, Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, Rundu Intermediate Hospital, Eenhana District Hospital and Keetmanshoop District Hospital. The period of internship is one year.
Furthermore, 2 Psychologist Interns were also placed at the Windhoek Central Hospital. The period of internship is also one year.
Nangombe explained that the policy on the placement of various categories of interns (including professional interns) in the Public Service was recently reviewed and approved, resulting in the introduction of a new overarching policy framework, as stipulated in Public Service Staff Rule.
“The Staff Rule consolidates the facilitation of placement of interns in the Public Service, clearly demarcating the types of internship and describing the operational parameters that apply to the different types of internships and qualifying/functional training. The above-mentioned amendments were approved by the Prime Minister, on recommendation of the Public Service Commission,“ Nangombe summarised.
The facilities at which the interns were placed have been accredited by the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCNA). Internship is the final step for the professional interns to secure registration with the respective professional bodies and for them to ultimately start pursuing their callings as registered professionals.