Long-awaited ­Uuvudhiya clinic soon a reality

31 October 2018 | Local News

The Oshana regional councillor for Uuvudhiya constituency, Amutenya Ndahafa, has welcome a decision by the health ministry to establish a clinic in his constituency, saying it's long overdue.

Uuvudhiya is the least developed constituency in the Oshana Region, without any essential service providers or ministry offices.

The people of Uuvudhiya have no access to state services such as police, schools and healthcare, apart from the regional council's office and an agricultural extension office at Engombe.

Residents have to travel about 80 kilometres to Oshakati for these services.

When inaugurating a community-based ART clinic at Onakamwandi last week, health minister Bernard Haufiku announced that the next clinic in Oshana would be established at Uuvudhiya.

Haufiku said Ndahafa had made countless calls to his office demanding a clinic for his constituency.

“I have been talking to Amutenya Ndahafa on numerous occasions demanding a clinic. Please pass this message on to him that we are on our way to establish a clinic at Uuvudhiya. We are only experiencing budgetary constraints but we are coming,” Haufiku said.

Ndahafa said the inhabitants of Uuvudhiya had been suffering for a long time because of a lack of essential services.

He said a clinic and a police station at Onaushe and Engombe had been planned since 1994.

“This is good news for the people of Uuvudhiya. On behalf of the constituency, I am so thankful to minister Haufiku for listening to the plight of the people of Uuvudhiya and responding positively,” Ndahafa said.

“Our people have been travelling long distances to seek medical care at Oshakati and those who cannot afford to travel have been relying on the medical outreach team that visits the constituency very rarely. Now we have confidence that our cry will soon be a thing of the past.”

Ndahafa said the land for a clinic was made available in 1994 and water, electricity and an access road were provided, but the clinic was never built despite featuring in the second and third national development plans.

Petrus Asino of Ondulunomongwa village in the constituency said if local people get seriously ill they have to go to the Oshakati hospital. When a crime is committed, they have to travel to Oshakati to report it to the police as there was no mobile network coverage until last year when a cell tower was built. “No development in this constituency and people are looking forward to these services. During the rainy season we are cut off from Oshakati as all the roads are flooded,” Asino said. In 2015 Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila visited Uuvudhiya and according to Ndahafa all the problems of the area were communicated to her.

“Everybody is aware about our problems. There was even a time when the regional council passed a resolution for a secondary school to be established at Oshikushiithilonde, but this resolution was never taken into consideration. Our children walk long distances to continue with their education as the constituency has only primary schools,” Ndahafa said.











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