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Geingob inaugurates UNAM health centre

Geingob inaugurates UNAM health centre

Ashley Nyambe

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob officially inaugurated the health training centre at the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Dr Hage Geingob Campus on Thursday and stated that the government is committed to the constant improvement of the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

“When I inaugurated the Hage Geingob Campus, I stated that as an ‘important investment in our health sector, the Campus will have an integral role to play in the future of our Namibian House’. Nobody expected that statement to be realized in such a short time,” Geingob said.

The training centre, which was constructed for N$340 million, comes with a functional clinic and dental practice and offers students the opportunity to be trained by professional healthcare practitioners.

The President stated that the general development of the country’s healthcare sector is critical for the country’s national development plans and strategies and the aspirations outlined in Vision 2030.

“Ultimately, we want to reach a high standard of professional health service delivery in the public health institutions that will reduce the current gap between private and public sector health institutions,” Geingob added.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNAM, Professor Kenneth Matengu, also highlighted the importance of the construction of the health centre for the development of the country and stated that investment in the centre’s infrastructure is proof that the government is not opting out of development.

Geingob also noted that UNAM collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Social Services and played a critical role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by helping in terms of additional healthcare workers, Covid-19 testing and by championing funding for vaccination campaigns, personal protective equipment and oxygenerators.

“We commend these sterling efforts and are pleased by the fact that our institutions of higher learning are developing the expertise and know-how in order to assist Government in fighting current and future pandemics,” Geingob added.

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