By Hileni Nembwaya
THE newly-proclaimed Ongwediva Medipark Teaching Hospital has recognised the need to elevate the standard of healthcare in Namibia, by further implementing proven global trends, in line with local medical needs, says Managing Director Tshali Iithete.
Medipark has received full accreditation as a training facility by the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA), making it the country’s only private academic hospital.
The hospital celebrates a decade of existence this year, and its primary objective has been to complement the existing health facilities in the North, by creating a centre of excellence.
“All around the world it has been recognised that healthcare is a vital and integral part of development of economics. Namibia at this stage of development, in various fields, is also trying to define its own identity,” said Iithete.
Over the years, Medipark has grown from being a private clinic to a fully-fledged private hospital, with over 30 specialist doctors in various disciplines.
These specialists serve in disciplines such as radiology, pediatric, orthopedic surgery and gynaecology, to mention a few.
Iithete said that these specialists have brought in a variety of skills and experiences aimed at enhancing client healthcare.
Last week, Medipark made history for being the only private hospital in Namibia to be accredited as a training facility by the HPCNA.
In April 2014, Medipark signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Namibia (Unam), which sees the institution also training student doctors.
Unam Vice-Chancellor, Lazarus Hangula, said that over the past three years, Ongwediva Medipark has been training medical, nursing and pharmacy students, in collaboration with Unam’s Faculty of Health Sciences.
“However, the unveiling of Medipark hospital as a teaching hospital did not just happen. It was the result of tireless efforts by people determined to make good healthcare for all a reality, and through private corporate initiatives to give back something tangible to the community, with a direct impact on equal access to highly specialised healthcare treatment in Namibia,” said Hangula.
He further noted that the impact of the Unam School of Medicine is beginning to be felt across all corners of the country, as there are currently about 30 graduates working as medical interns at the Oshakati State Hospital.
Medipark also forms part of the northern clinical rotation, involving fifth and sixth year Unam medical students.
“With today’s unveiling, Medipark finds itself among the elite category of academic hospitals, and is further consolidating its partnership with Unam, and positioning itself in contributing towards the health development of our country,” said Iithete.
Ongwediva Medipark also has a standing memorandum of agreement with the to the community Ministry of Health and Social Services, through a so-called smart partnership.
Medipark was established in 2007, to complement the existing health facilities in the North.
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