By Adam Hartman, 14 May 2014
A NEW clinic that cost the taxpayers N$8 million was opened at Usakos' Hakhaseb location yesterday - a N$6,5 million improvement from the previous clinic that was closed down due to faulty infrastructure.
The new clinic replaces the old and abandoned structurally unsound one at Hakhaseb, which was built in 2002 at a cost of N$1,2 million. It was 'written off' because of the structural damage that made it unsafe 10 years after completion.
While the new clinic was being built, a temporary one was opened at the back of a local kindergarten. It comprised of cubicles constructed of makeshift dividers. This was inconvenient to patients because of the apparent lack of confidentiality and privacy.
The new clinic, which is larger, serves as a basic but modern health care facility where a variety of services, which include health education, counseling, prevention and treatment; as well as emergency services and baby deliveries will be available.
The opening of the Hakhaseb clinic was part of a series of clinic openings in Erongo by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi, this week.
Other clinics, which opened their doors on Monday, are situated in the DRC, Mondesa and Tamariskia townships at Swakopmund.
The opening of new clinics is part of the health ministry's plan to upgrade health facilities, improve and bring services closer to the communities.