OUTAPI, 26 APR – Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala has called on the management of the Outapi State Hospital to clean the surroundings of the maternity waiting home opened here on Wednesday.
While officially opening the centre, Endjala expressed disappointment in the hospital for allowing the event to take place without ensuring that the grass surrounding the centre is cleared.
“We are to promote health and hygiene, so I want to find this place cleaned up when I visit it next time,” he said, adding that the centre should be kept clean at all times to avoid outbreaks of diseases caused by unhygienic environments.
He appealed to the beneficiaries to keep the centre clean and safeguard it for expectant mothers who will have to use it in future.
The home was constructed in 2015 through funding from various organisations, including Standard Bank Namibia, Namibian Ports Authority and the office of former first lady, Penehupifo Pohamba.
The four-bedroom building can accommodate 24 women at a fee of N.dollars 20 each.
Several expectant mothers will move in as its first occupants after a lengthy delay to connect the building to the water and electricity networks. Recent renovations, which included painting the walls, were done at a cost of N.dollars 266 000 availed by Standard Bank.
Also speaking at the event was Standard Bank’s Outapi Branch Manager, Geroldus Kazondunge, who urged other local companies to value and recognise dignity of the mothers by supporting them.
“I am happy for this shelter because it was not safe for us to camp out in the open where we were at risk of crime, cold, rain and dust,” Ndashilohenda Mwaala from the Omusati Region’s Ruacana Constituency told the media.