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‘Namibia facing skills shortage in health sector’

By Asma’u Ahmad

Namibia’s President, Hage Geingob said the country continued to face acute shortages of skills and experience, especially in the health sector.

President Geingob stated this at the state of the nation address in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Hage Geingob

Presiident Hage Geingob

He said in the public health sector, the per capita ratio of doctors is one to every 5,092 people while that of a registered nurse is one to 914 people.

This is against the World Health Organisation’s benchmark of one doctor or one nurse per 435 people.

The president said the Medical School at the University of Namibia is one of many investments in ensuring the provision of critical skills.

The school produced its first ever set of graduates in 2016 with 35 students graduating out of the 57 who enrolled in 2010 when the school started.

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