President Hage Geingob said that as a responsible government concerned with the human needs of every person of the country, it has a commitment to constantly improve the health care facilities and infrastructures of Namibia.
Finally, he wants Namibia to achieve a high level of professional health care delivery services in its public health institutions. His government is working for narrowing the present health disparity between the public and private sectors institutions.
As a result, Geingob said that the government would keep up investing in research and development, support technology and innovation, and push for greater cooperation across sectors and across-professionals in the field of healthcare. Geingob unveiled a N$340 million medical training “ State -of the- art” facility on the Dr Hage Geingob campus of the University of Namibia.
One of the new facility’s functions is a public dental clinic.
The clinic will be split into two parts: the private wing and the student training cubicle wing. The students’ cubicle wing will be set aside for clinical training.
Students will treat patients in this cubicle under the direct supervision of a professor or expert. The private wing will provide general and specialized dental treatments to the general public, delivered by Unam professors or dental experts.
The clinic belongs to Unam; however, it will operate and serve the general public’s dental requirements. It will accommodate people on medical assistance as well as those who do not have it.
“By working together, the government, higher education institutions, the corporate sector, and development partners can protect the health and well-being of all Namibians, as well as our neighbours and friends.” “Let this success drive us on to do bigger things as a collective,” Geingob remarked.
The President emphasised that this victory should inspire future efforts so that Namibia and its residents may continue to work together as an unified society, motivated by a shared goal of advancing technology, world-class research, and improved healthcare for everyone.
As a result, the growth of Namibia’s public health sector is a critical component of the second National Development Plans and strategies aimed at achieving Vision 2030’s long-term goals.
He also noted that without proper facilities and skills to handle health concerns, all of the government’s goals would be futile.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Unam has worked with the health ministry to provide assistance in the form of additional healthcare workers, Covid-19 testing, and, more recently, advocating for funding for vaccination campaigns, personal protective equipment, and oxygenators through international partnerships.
Geingob praised these valiant efforts and expressed satisfaction that institutes of higher learning are creating knowledge and know-how to aid the government in combating present and future pandemics.