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No cleaning materials at Opuwo District Hospital since April

WINDHOEK, 14 JUL (NAMPA) – The Opuwo District Hospital has been without cleaning materials since April and the building has started smelling.
“As I am speaking to you now the wards have started smelling, leaving patients in very unhygienic conditions and imagine, this is a heath institution,” a source who asked not to be identified, told Nampa recently.
Some cleaners told this agency they have been bringing cleaning materials from their homes for the past few months to clean the wards and do laundry.
“We have been trying our best to keep up with the situation until it started affecting us financially,” one of the cleaners in the laundry department said.
Asked how they deal with the situation at the moment, the cleaner said they just wash the laundry such as linen and clothes in water, hang it out to dry and give it to the patients to use.
Other complaints are that ambulances have not been functioning for quite some time, because there is allegedly no money to have it repaired.
“Just imagine that the man who was recently attacked by a lion at the Onguta village in the Sesfontein Constituency, had to be transported in a vehicle availed by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, because an ambulance was not available,” the source said.
Confirming the condition at the hospital, Health Director for the Kunene Region Thomas Shapumba told this reporter they have in the meantime requested head office in Windhoek to release money for cleaning materials.
Shapumba did not say when they submitted the request, but said they are still waiting for approval.

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