Health ministry permanent secretary Andrew Ndishishi confirmed receiving the letter from the students, but said the accusations are false.
Mr. Ndishishi you are failing too much and failing the entire health system. your score in this test is 1/50 which is 2%. - J Shikale | 2013-12-06 22:53:00
Hi Eufemia and Student from Moscow - the only conclusion is that the government is totally unorganized, not committed and not clued up of what is expected of them.
And by their inability they are crippling the future of so many promising students.
We can just hope that someone appears who will bring direction in the education ministry.
Currently there seems to be only a lot of jokers. - Freedom Fighter | 2013-12-06 20:36:00
This situation is realy bad for all the Namibian student abraod.
Even if that Ndishishi is saing the accusations are false that's not true because people who are posting this they are Namibian who are studying abroad and talking from the reality they are living.
Ministry of Health and Social Services Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi.
THE Ministry of Health and Social Services has been failing to supply its staff with uniforms for many years while state patients have to mostly fend for themselves in the provision of attire and bedding because of the complicated procurement policies, the permanent secretary Andrew Ndishishi has confirmed.Ndishishi could not say when last the ministry made bulk procurement of staff uniforms, patients' attire and bedding, only saying "it has been some few years now."
Some uniformed employees in the Ministry of Health and Social Services have expressed dissatisfaction with the the ministry's prolonged delay to provide staff with uniforms.
One irate nurse who contacted The Namibian said uniforms were last distributed about five years ago.
He charged that staff are now compelled to buy their own uniforms "as long as it is a white shirt and blue trousers or skirt and own shoes for the nursing staff".
This, he said, does not only look unprofessional but also impacts on their finances.
Ndishishi said the ministry is in the process of improving its internal procurement measures to streamline the distribution of material such as staff uniforms.
He explained that it is currently very cumbersome for the ministry to provide new recruits and those with worn-out attire with uniforms as it is required to put out a tender for procurement even though only a few items might be needed.
The tender board has thus now granted the ministry authority to buy fabric in bulk before tenders are called for the mass production of material.
The ministry will also train its own people to manufacture uniforms and other material such as curtains and linen in cases of few orders.
"I urge staff members to remain patient as it is very difficult to find people with appropriate skills in Namibia to be able to meet our demands," Ndishishi said.
He said the ministry is going through a learning process and would in future put measures in place that would enable it to attend to minor repairs and replacements at state health institutions.
Asked whether the internal manufacturing of material would not open the process to abuse in the already troubled ministry, Ndhishishi said that fabrics for all uniformed staff members of the ministry would be clearly branded with government and ministry labels to make them easily recognisable.
Yesterday The Namibian reported that N$12,3 billion worth of tenders had gone through exemption between 2004 and 2007 prompting concerns that the process might be open to abuse.
The new procurement measures will also cater for patients' attire and bed linen.
Ndishishi would not commit himself whether staff members would be compensated for spending their money to buy uniforms.
"We will deal with that problem once we have solved the procurement issue sufficiently," he said.
Andrew Ndishishi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
ANDREW Ndishishi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, is being accused of wanting to lower the standards of the Health Professions Council to have doctors with questionable qualifications registered.
Moreover, Ndishishi allegedly threatened to withhold the annual grant from the council if the council did not relax its registration requirements for certain foreign qualifications.
However, since Ndishishi took over a few months ago, "all these expatriates are being asked to seek registration", the insider said.
In a letter to the council registrar, Ena Barlow, dated July 31, Ndishishi urged the council to review the eligibility criteria for registration of medical officers.
According to Ndishishi, the requirements of the council are "felt by many not to be comprehensible and not transparent".
Also, he wrote, "you will agree with me that it is not acceptable that doctors have to keep on working under authorisation by the ministry in renewed contracts because they have been rejected by the council".
He says the situation does not do Namibia's health system any good.
According to him, the registration requirements are "challenging" and the ministry is relying wholly on foreign-trained medical practitioners as the medical school at the University of Namibia (Unam) has not yet produced any graduates.
Another insider yesterday said: "I think it is unfair that the council is put under pressure to register persons who were recruited by the same ministry without consulting the council first.
To put emphasis on experience as opposed to qualifications is dangerous, because even an unqualified person may pick up experience through trying but that does not make him qualified."
He added: "The move amounts to an unlawful interference with the mandate of a statutory body and crippling the five councils by means of financial suffocation."
Ndishishi yesterday denied that he wanted to slash the council's budget because of the fight over the registration of doctors with foreign qualifications.
According to him, he found out that the council management had budgeted for overtime for themselves.
Finance Deputy Minister Calle Schlettwein and Agriculture Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi
Agriculture Permanent Secretary Andrew Ndishishi told The Namibian that the shortlisting of capable companies will be completed by the middle of next month after which the Tender Board will request them to finally tender for the construction of the dam, which will now include the money to be spent and when they envisage to complete the project.
"We want the tendering process to be completed by September this year and with the shortlisting we are also making use of the consultancy firm Knight Piesold," Ndishishi said.
Finance Deputy Minister Calle Schlettwein is of the opinion that the Tender Board is not fully equipped to evaluate a complex project such as the construction of the Neckartal Dam.
He said the Board should be assisted by a panel of experts and pointed out that the Act provides for the establishment of committees that can assist with the tendering process.
Namibia plans to spend 2 billion Namibian dollars on a second desalination plant in the uranium-producing Erongo region, the Namibian Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing Andrew Ndishishi, the minister of agriculture, water and forestry. (Bloomberg Mar. 3, 2011)
The seven-member NDTF is chaired by Andrew Ndishishi, Permanent Secretary at the Agriculture Ministry, with officials from the same ministry, the Environment and Tourism Ministry and NamWater serving on it.
Andrew Ndishishi, permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture and water, said that government would have to come up with a funding mechanism to speed up the implementation of the project, which converts the salty, ocean water to fresh water.
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