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Expectant mothers forced into degrading conditions

Expectant mothers forced into degrading conditions

Nathaniel Heita

Expectant mothers, who due to long distances are forced to camp outside the Outapi District Hospital in the Omusati Region, face a health dilemma.

 

The open space outside the hospital premises, which they have chosen as their temporary home, is filthy and without basic amenities — a breeding ground for waterborne diseases. The nearby NamWater canal is their only source of water for drinking, cooking and washing.

 

A Ministry of Health and Social Services official have confirmed that money was donated by a commercial bank a few years ago to construct a shelter for expectant mothers, but it seems that the project never got off the ground.

  • Expectant mothers forced Omusati Region camp