WINDHOEK – Operations at the N$380million state-of-the-art Lady Pohamba private hospital in the Kleine Kuppe residential area could commence in March 2015, with construction scheduled to start at the end of this month already.
The hospital will form part of the hilltop estate development that will feature residential units, the Grove Mall and a gym and is expected to create 3 000 permanent jobs in total.
During the construction phase 1 000 jobs would be created and 350 permanent jobs would be created when the hospital is operational.
The hospital will be complemented with medical suites that would be rented or sold as consulting rooms for doctors. The hospital, which developers say would be one of the most modern and prestigious hospitals in the country will boast 134 beds and strive to be the first hospital in the country featuring a 24-hour level one trauma unit.
A level one trauma unit cares for severely injured patients, including persons involved in car accidents, falls and acts of violence, explained Desmond Howard, the Director of Demushuwa Property Developers at the ground-breaking ceremony on Monday evening. The hospital will offer crucial medical, surgical and additional services. The medical and surgical disciplines would include orthopaedic surgery, ear, nose and throat surgery, gynaecology, obstetrics, anaesthetics, internal medicine, cardiology, paediatrics, plastic surgery, urology, psychiatry and oncology, among others. Howard said the hospital design was not only informed by the demanding technical requirements of this type of facility, but also by the prominent location that the hospital occupies in the hilltop estate development. The First Lady, Madam Penehupifo Pohamba is the patron of the hospital. “Considering her impact and influence in the health sector in Namibia, but also the African continent, we approached the first lady with our request (for her) to become the patron of the hospital,” Howard said at the ground-breaking ceremony. He said Demushuwa Property Developers “aim to create long-term socio-economic benefits for Namibians through the development of land”.
“The government, especially the Ministry of Health and Social Services is very much pleased and welcome this investment in the health sector and will encourage individuals, businesses, entrepreneurs and the private sector to continue to have confidence in our economy, which motivates them to invest in all sectors of our economy, thereby creating jobs and wealth for all our people,” said Madam Pohamba at the event.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi said: “This investment comes at the right time as it complements government’s efforts to provide health care services to the nation.”