By Confidente reporter
LAST year the Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited (NIP) formulated its five-year Strategy Plan is two-fold the would drive the strategic development of the State Owned Enterprise.
These elements of the plans are to address the dynamic environment within which we operate with all stakeholders; and to improve on areas which presented challenges in the past.
The strategy plan has been outlined with short and long term strategic objectives and will enable NIP to deliver effectively and efficiently through the next five years, enabling the entity to attain far greater accomplishments in the healthcare sector.
Since the inception in December 2000, NIP has played a pivotal role in the healthcare system. NIP operates primarily in Namibia and is the main provider of medical laboratory services to the State. The services which the company offers are crucial; without medical laboratories, it would be complex to detect and diagnose the conditions of certain diseases and to monitor the progress and results of treatment.
Since Namibia has gained independence in 1990, apartheid laws have been revoked and provision has been made for the protection of fundamental human rights of Namibians. Access to healthcare services and education has improved. Namibia has a superior healthcare system compared to many other African countries, with a higher number of medical professionals per capita.
Namibia has a total population of approximately 2.2 million inhabitants. There has been a steady increase of the population over the past few years which places strain on NIP as the main provider of medical laboratory services to the State. This clearly demonstrates the need to continuously source professional staff who pride themselves in providing excellent service at all times. Over the past years the company has succeeded in scaling up laboratory services to over 40 laboratories enabling NIP to have a national footprint in Namibia with over 450 employees.
Some of the areas on which NIP will concentrate during the planning period are:
Develop strategies which complement the current dynamic environment within which we operate;
Continuously improve on providing excellent but accessible and affordable services;
Strengthen strategic partnerships and improve collaboration between all stakeholders;
Employ state-of-the art technologies as a means to continuously improve on quality standards;
Expansion beyond Namibian borders in order to become the medical laboratory service provider of choice in Africa;
Conducting research and development so as to meaningfully contribute to the national public health objectives of our Government;
Continuously invest in, and upgrade laboratory infrastructure and healthcare technology in order to ensure that high quality standards are maintained;
Adopt strategies that will lower the pressure or exempt vulnerable persons (elderly and disabled) from paying fees for medical laboratory services;
Improve on testing methods for communicable and non-communicable diseases, lifestyle diseases, HIV and TB; and
Develop and strengthen policies and standards based on proposed legislature and regulations to govern laboratory service delivery
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