Otjozondjupa wants cameras in medical facilities

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Otjozondjupa Regional Council Chairman Marlayn Mbakera is calling for the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in health facilities due to growing allegations of negligence by health care workers.

Mbakera was speaking on Thursday during the handover of sanitary napkins by the United Nations Population Fund to the Otjiwarongo Regional Council.

She said her office was inundated with visits from community members accusing health facility staff of negligence.

“Video surveillance cameras should be installed in certain departments and at emergency level. There should be no question of invasion of privacy.

“It will also help us protect our nurses, Mbakera said.

She said community members occasionally visited facilities under the influence of alcohol and caused a disturbance.

Sometimes they swear at staff members, she said.

“Without neutral footage, social media decides what content to share to tell a specific story, while CCTV footage can be used to view an incident as a whole and not just selected parts,” Mbakera said.

At the event, the executive director of health and social services, Ben Nangombe, said video cameras are used at their headquarters where tender documents are read, and in several other areas.

“These cameras can only be placed in a public space and not in an exam room, and you cannot place a camera in an operating room or in the intensive care unit,” he said. declared.

He said the installation of CCTV cameras in state facilities would depend on the availability of resources to purchase them.

“Are we going to install cameras or buy medicine, sheets and needles? The list is based on priorities,” Nangombe said.

Namibia Health Professions Councils, when approached for comment, said their legal team were addressing the issues raised and would respond this week.

Republikein reported last week on a N$2 million claim against the Ministry of Health and Social Services by a mother who believes her daughter’s death was caused by health workers who did the wrong diagnosis and then administered the wrong treatment.

Renate Ndjahera says her daughter, Vazemba Kavetutjo, was taken to Wanaheda Clinic in Windhoek in June 2019 with heavy bleeding and stomach pain.

Kavetutjo was referred to Katutura Intermediate Hospital where it was discovered that she was four to five months pregnant.

She was admitted to Windhoek Central Hospital the same day she was diagnosed three days later with a septic abortion for which an emergency operation was required.

Kavetutjo was released but died in January 2020.

According to court documents, his death was likely caused by “irregular, wrongful and negligent conduct by medical personnel”.

The Namibian reported on Friday that the Ministry of Health paid Granville Kotze of Rehoboth N$450,000 for the death of his wife, Roseline Kotze (52), in 2019.

Kotze was diagnosed with partial bowel obstruction and reportedly referred to Katutura Intermediate Hospital, but was never taken there as a local doctor felt more tests needed to be carried out and her treatment adjusted.

Court documents say no reassessment was carried out to arrive at a different diagnosis, while staff at Katutura Hospital also differed with the first diagnosis.

Kotze passed away on August 30, 2019.

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