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Namibia: Nurses Urged to Serve in Rural Areas by katty : December 07, 2018, 06:02:17 PM
HEALTH minister Bernard Haufiku has urged nursing graduates to not only serve in urban areas, but in rural areas as well.
In a speech read on his behalf by health permanent secretary Ben Nangombe during the graduation ceremony of 210 National Health Training Centre (NHTC) nursing students in Windhoek yesterday, Haufiku said Namibia faces a shortage of nurses and midwives across the country, and therefore called on nurses and future nurses to be open-minded when it comes to employment in small towns and villages.

The NHTC has training centres in Windhoek and, at Rundu and Keetmanshoop.

The nursing graduates completed a three-year diploma course at the three centres from 2015 until 2017, which was provided by the health ministry.

Haufiku said that nurses should put patients' needs first, because they are providing a service to the people. He also advised nurses to spend less time on their cellphones in order to assist patients properly.

“I urge all nurses to improve their competence with time, because if they don't, then the quality of their service will suffer,” Haufiku said.

Miryam Hangula, one of the Keetmanshoop graduates, said that her journey was not easy.

“Things got very tough at times and a lot of hard work was required from us.

I felt like giving up at times, but I ultimately realised that I had to achieve this through dedication and commitment to my studies,” Hangula said. She went on to say that she also wanted to make her parents proud because they invested so much in her education.

Hangula said that she was thankful for the lecturers at the various health centres who taught the students with such diligence throughout the past three years. Anneli Nepembe received the award as the best practical student from the Windhoek centre, while Lydia Shikongo was acknowledged as the best student from the Rundu centre, while Rooy Ruanche of Keetmanshoop the best overall student.

Shikongo was also honoured as the best overall student. The acting project coordinator of NHTC, Ansie Benjamin, said that the Rundu centre was not as technologically advanced; yet they had the best achievers out of all the towns.

“That centre does not even have air conditioners, especially in times when it's warm like this, yet they still achieved so much with so little,” Benjamin said.

She praised all the students for their hard work.

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