Nujoma hands over clinic to State on birthday
OTAVI, 14 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia’s Founding President, Sam Nujoma on Saturday celebrated his belated 88th birthday at Etunda Farm, where he handed over a newly built clinic to Government.
Nujoma, who was born on 12 May 1929 and reached 88 on Friday, said Saturday that he decided to handover the clinic to Government as his birthday gift.
Nujoma said he also wants to generate more resources that will be used to expand the clinic and a primary school, which is about to be completed.
The first president of Namibia handed over the clinic to the Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Dr Bernard Haufiku.
The health facility is fully equipped, with some equipment already installed, and others waiting for installation.
Etunda Clinic is over 30 kilometres south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
It will provide health services to farmers and their children residing around the area and also to road accident victims travelling on the B1 road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo. It is a State entity and will be providing services to the public.
A registered nurse will head the clinic and two others will run it like any other State clinic under the MoHSS.
“We will try to operate it on a 24-hour basis a day during the peak periods of the year when majority of us are travelling for holidays using the B1 road,” said Haufiku.
The clinic constitutes nearly 10-patient beds, a delivery ward for expectant mothers, ablution facilities, a pharmacy, and a doctor’s consulting room among others.
Health workers’ accommodation facilities have also been completed and equipped with the necessary cooking utensils to improve on the efficiency of providing the public service.
Etunda Primary School, part of the project, is expected to be handed over to Government once some structures under their final construction phase are completed and classrooms filled with chairs and tables.
The school will run from Grades 1 to 7 and will accommodate children of farmworkers in the area and around Etunda farm.
Nujoma in 2013 donated a piece of land on his private farm for the construction of a public primary school and the completed clinic.