The ongoing renovations of the Katutura Intermediate Hospital has brought a mix of relief and hope, as patients hope that the days of bad services and the presence of cockroaches will soon be a thing of the past.
The state hospital which was built over 50 years ago has received N$40 million from the government through the ministry of works and transport for revamp.Windhoek residents expressed their joy, emphasising the critical role the state hospital plays in providing healthcare services to the community.
Many shared stories of past challenges they faced due to the inadequate facilities, medication and a constant visit of rats and cockroaches highlighting the urgent need for an upgrade.
Amongst them is Katutura resident Monica Imanga who said she hopes for a difference because the ongoing renovations at the hospital.
“I hope to see a big difference at the hospital because the smell, the insects that come from there are frightening.
I really also wish to see that it lands in good hands and for the right purpose,” she said.
Havana Community leader, Selma Heita, said the renovation is a beacon of hope for all citizens.
“We’ve waited for this for too long, and finally, our health facility will match the needs of our growing community,” she said.
Windhoek resident Brenda Gaingos said her long unheard plea of renovations to the Katutura Intermediate hospital has finally been answered.
Gaingos added that N$ 40 million is more than enough to remove all the rats and cockroaches in the hospital and also provide enough hospital beds and medication for patients.
A former patient at the hospital,Lydia Johannes recounted her traumatising experience when she had an appendicitis operation done at the Katutura Intermediate Hospital and was forced to sleep on the cold floor due to a lack of sufficient hospital beds.
Johannes says she is happy to hear that the renovations are underway and hopeful for a cleaner state hospital.
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