Ohangwena Health Director John Hango expressed satisfaction with the increase in the number of key health professionals, mainly doctors, dentists, and pharmacists.

Hango says Okongo and Eenhana district hospitals, which were previously managed by only one doctor, now have sizeable numbers of doctors.

Okongo now has three, Eenhana has 10, and Engela has 13.

Each hospital has at least one pharmacist and a dentist.

Hango says the ministry's vision is to be the leading public provider of quality health and social welfare services that are responsive to the needs of the people.

He says that although the positions of specialists are open and budgeted for, it is difficult to find specialists, a situation that has forced the ministry to look elsewhere.

The Ohangwena Health Directorate has made significant improvements in human resource development, training, recruitment, and the construction of health facilities.

New clinics were built at Nangolo, Oshaango, Omuhongo, Okatope, Ondobe, Ohaukelo, Omundundu, and Omauni over the past 10 years.

The ministry has also built staff accommodation at Epinga, Ongula ya Netanga, Epembe, Ohaukelo, Onekwaya, Onamukulo, and Omundaungilo. 

Three caravans were renovated and turned into offices at Eenhana district hospital, and they have set up 11 TB Directly Observed Therapy points at various villages and two clinics to minimise the long distances that patients have to travel to get treatment.

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