The Namibian Police Force and the University of Namibia, (UNAM) have extending their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a period of five years which will see NamPol’s K9 unit benefiting from veterinary services provided by UNAM ‘s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Speaking at the signing, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga explained that the MoU would assist the K9 unit in the form of vaccination programs, sterilization of working dogs and clinical services rendered to any sick or injured dogs.
These services will be offered on an appointment basis and as agreed to between the parties.
Ndeitunga further stated that NamPol agrees to cover the costs of any medicine or consumables used on their dogs at the Neudamm Animal Clinic at cost price.
He added that the school of Veterinary Medicine envisages opening an Ad Hoc Clinic to serve the Namibian public in Katutura, when funding is secure for the accessibility of veterinary services.
Consequently, it was proposed that this clinic would possibly be situated at the operational facility of the K9 Unit in Katutura.
In addition, the School of Veterinary Medicine Mobile Animal Clinic would be available to attend to cases of Police dogs in the region within the mobile clinics pre-arranged schedule.
The School of Veterinary Medicine agreed not to charge any professional fees or other fees such as X-rays fees, theatre fees, hospitalization fees, in-house laboratory fees for services rendered.
Ndeitunga also explained that an equally significant aspect of this Addendum is that the School of Veterinary Medicine further offered to advise the Police on renovations and upgrading the Eros training and breeding facility.
“For this reason, attention will be particularly drawn to facilities required for breeding programs of working dogs. With regard to settlements of disputes, any ambiguities or inconsistencies between the Addendum and the MoU shall be resolved amicably by giving precedence to the MoU over the Addendum.” Ndeitunga said.