By Confidente Reporter
HEALTH and Social Services Minister, Dr Bernard Haufiku, has opened the Maxwilili Clinic in Katutura’s Okuryangava informal settlement, which will provide accessible healthcare to about 50 000 residents.
The clinic, constructed at a cost of over N$24 million, is named after Namibia’s struggle icon, the late Nathanael Maxwilili.
The clinic will cater for the everyday healthcare needs of patients, including basic emergency care, HIV counselling and testing, antiretroviral treatment, antenatal care and pharmaceutical services.
Speaking at the opening of the clinic last Friday, which was attended by hundreds of residents, Haufiku encouraged the staff to emulate the love Maxwilili had for his people.
“The clinic is named after one of Namibia’s heroes and stalwarts. Loosely translated, Maxwilili means anxiety or fear. He (Maxwilili) had no fear or anxiety; he never wavered. He stood firm and resilient, until his untimely death in a car accident. Let this clinic, especially the staff members and community, follow in his footsteps,” the minister said.
Maxwilili was killed on 23 June 1999 in Walvis Bay, when the ambulance taking him to hospital after he started experiencing heart problems, was struck head-on by another vehicle.
Haufiku noted the challenges to healthcare delivery, currently being faced by the country.
He stressed that his ministry intends to work with the community in areas of health promotion, disease prevention and health awareness at household level.
“This clinic was constructed to the amount of N$24 599 278. I am happy that healthcare services have been brought closer to the people.
“We must all rally together to fight diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and TB. We want a healthy nation and a healthy future generation. Many of you will agree with me that heath is no longer a responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Social Services alone. It now requires the involvement and participation of all the stakeholders, if we are to make headway and succeed in our efforts.”
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