The Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Liu Hua-Bo, has shed more light on the situation at Omuthiya Hospital, saying it was built according to the requirements of the Namibian government.
Liu has several compliance certificates for the design and the equipment to be installed at the N$70 million hospital, signed by senior health officials who represented Namibia during the various negotiations.
“All the furniture and medical equipment etc. were required, chosen and confirmed by the Namibian side,” Liu explained.
Contrary to earlier media reports that the medical equipment handed over to the hospital only has instructions in Mandarin, Liu says the equipment has instructions in both Chinese and English and Namibians were adequately trained in the usage of the machinery, made in China.
Oshikoto health director Petrus Cefas Angala was the contact person on the Namibian side, who oversaw the instalment and the training in how to use the equipment at Omuthiya, whose inauguration has since been delayed.
“All the medical equipment has instructions in English and Chinese,” Liu insisted.
He further added that all sides agreed that Namibia should be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the hospital and the medical equipment.
Recently there were reports quoting President Hage Geingob expressing dissatisfaction over some medical equipment not being operational at the hospital.
Liu further reiterated that bilateral trade and China’s investment in Namibia grew rapidly in 2014 to reach N$1.1 billion, an increase of 16.7 percent from previous the year.
“By the end of 2014, China had a total investment of N$59 billion in Namibia, ranking first among African countries,” he stated. More than 40 Chinese companies are running business in Namibia, covering fields such as construction, telecommunications and mining, creating over 6 000 jobs. The N$65 billion Husab uranium mine investment is the “biggest single entity investment of China in Africa.”
In August Namibia and China signed protocols for exporting beef to China, making Namibia the first African country to export beef to China. China also provides more than ten government scholarships to Namibian students every year. From 2010 to September this year 540 Namibians have been sent to China on various training courses, Liu noted.