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New N$350 million hospital operational in 2015

Her Excellency, the First Lady, Madame Penexupifo Pohamba and Dr Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health and Social Services toast to the commencement of construction of the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital at Hilton Hotel on Monday. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

Her Excellency, the First Lady, Madame Penexupifo Pohamba and Dr Richard Kamwi, Minister of Health and Social Services toast to the commencement of construction of the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital at Hilton Hotel on Monday. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

The Lady Pohamba Private Hospital, a N$350 million investment by Desmushuwa Property Developers will be operational in March 2015.
Construction of the hospital is expected to start mid-September in Kleine Kuppe and will have the first 24-hour Level One Trauma Unit. The Unit will treat severely injured patients including people involved in motor vehicle accidents and acts of violence. It will be staffed 24 hours with trauma surgeons, anaesthesiologists, trauma nurses and vital support services.
The 134-bed hospital will be the first phase in the development of the medical precinct. The design of the hospital is not only based on the demanding technical requirements of a hospital functionality design, but is also influenced by the prominent location the hospital occupies.
The hospital will not only offer crucial medical and surgical, but also key ancillary services. The medical and surgical disciplines will include amongst others: orthopaedic surgery; ear, nose and throat surgery; gynaecology; obstetrics; neuro surgery; anaesthetics; internal medicine; cardiology; paediatrics; plastic surgery; urology; psychiatry; pulmonology and oncology.
Her Excellency, Madame Penehupifo Pohamba said, the government especially the Minister of Health and Social Services is very much pleased and welcome this investment in the health sector. She further encouraged individuals, businesses, entrepreneurs and the private sector to continue to have confidence in the local economy and to invest in all its sectors to create jobs and wealth for the Namibian people and government.
“I am happy to be associated with this new hospital project as its Patron. It has been my dream all along and I have received assurances from the owners that it will also be made available for people with low income. I am also pleased that together with the owners, we are committed to forging and developing strategic alliances with different stakeholders in order to provide continuous and improved healthcare to our people,” she said.
Concerning shortages within the medical field in Namibia, the Lady Pohamba Private Hospital will commit to skills transfer and empowering the younger generation of Namibian doctors. “The experienced doctors practising at the hospital will offer training to younger doctors at specially-equipped lecture theatres,” confirmed Desmond Howard, director of at Demushuwa Property Developers.
According to him Namibians can look forward to the most modern, digitally equipped hospital in the country. “A thorough analysis of the current healthcare environment in Windhoek and surrounding areas, confirmed that the need exists for a private healthcare facility, delivering accessible healthcare services,” he said.
Desmushuwa Property Developers estimate that approximately 3, 000 direct jobs will be created as a result of this development.
The Hospital forms part of the new mixed-use business node called Hilltop Estate Development which includes the Grove Mall of Namibia, which will feature a new Virgin Active Gym, a High Performance Centre focusing on sports recovery, a hotel, Wild Olive residential apartments and general office space.
The entire Hilltop Estate Development will be completed in 2018.

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