Health defends cancelling tea and biscuits

13 March 2019 | Health

The health ministry estimates it will achieve savings of between N$50 million to N$60 million annually following a directive to stop serving tea, coffee and biscuits to patients at public clinics and hospitals as of April.

A directive issued last week by executive director of health Ben Nangombe informed all hospital and clinics to suspend the serving of tea, coffee, juice and biscuits between meals unless the items are crucial to the care of an individual patient.

“During these difficult times, we must identify areas where we can make savings so that resources can be targeted at more critical areas,” Nangombe told Namibian Sun yesterday.

While patients will continue to receive breakfast, lunch and dinner, unless needed for particular reasons, in-between snacks will no longer be served as of 1 April.

He said the decision was based on the “substantial wastage” of the tea, coffees, juices and biscuits served to patients between main meals, which amounted to a “significant cost to the ministry”. He said these items were found to be “rarely, or are not at all consumed by the patients” and have been found stored in bedside lockers which “in turn attracts all kinds of pests and undermines efforts to maintain a pest-free environment in our health facilities.”

The decision was thus taken, Nangombe explained, for the ministry's dieticians and nutritionists to review the menus and to determine “if the omission of the snacks and drinks would compromise the overall nutritional value of meals the ministry provides to patients.”

He said the feedback was that the removal of the three daily snacks would have no negative effect, as they “do not add any substantive value to patients' health and wellbeing, nor are they required in all cases in their treatment.”



Removing the snacks would “contribute to our efforts to realise greater efficiencies in the utilisation of limited resources,” Nangombe said.



He said the ministry estimated that it would save between N$50 and N$60 million per year.



Nangombe stressed that patients who rely on food for the purpose of taking their medicine or where more frequent meal intervals are needed to manage health conditions, will continue to receive meals as per their requirements.

He said the directive will be implemented at all public health facilities where state patients are admitted.

JANA-MARI SMITH

Similar News

 

Psemas administration tender closes

1 day - 30 September 2020 | Health

HENRIETTE LAMPRECHTWINDHOEKThe tender for a new administrator of the Public Service Employee Medical Aid Scheme (Psemas) closed last week.The bidding period had been extended by...

N$30m boost for school toilets

1 day - 30 September 2020 | Health

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGOThe government has made N$30 million available for upgrading taps and bathroom facilities at schools and hostels across the Otjozondjupa Region.This according to regional...

Health facilities handed over at southern border

2 days ago - 29 September 2020 | Health

ELIZABETH JOSEPHARIAMSVLEI The Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF), in partnership with the De Beers Group, have inaugurated new health facilities at...

Covid closes Rundu holding cells

3 days ago - 28 September 2020 | Health

Kenya Kambowe RUNDU The Kavango East police have suspended the accommodation of inmates in the Rundu police station holding cells, which...

Gold mine digs deep

3 days ago - 28 September 2020 | Health

OTIS FINCKKaribib The QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine has inaugurated a N$2 million Covid-19 quarantine facility at Karibib.The Klippenberg Covid-19 facility, which consists of...

Antipsychotic drugs back in stock

1 week ago - 23 September 2020 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI After being out of stock for six months, the country has finally received antipsychotic and antidepressant medication....

Breaking the stigma of dementia

1 week ago - 23 September 2020 | Health

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUNDSwakopmund's Alzheimer Dementia Namibia (ADN) Centre is the only one of its kind in the country. Here around two dozen people are cared for...

Covid-19: Partying Namibians throw caution to the wind

1 week ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNamibians have thrown caution to the wind and are failing to adhere to regulations without being policed, after the Covid-19 state of emergency...

It was the best of times, it was the...

1 week ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it...

The simple act of moving

1 week ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – Often mistaken for a silent disco or party, it encourages connection and joy through movement and music. Incorporating elements of meditation, yoga,...

Latest News

Uutoni has final say on...

4 hours ago | Government

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUUrban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni will have the last say as to whether 83.1738 hectares of land at Divundu in the Kavango...

Govt spends N$2.3bn to buy...

4 hours ago | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe government has spent N$2.3 billion on the acquisition of 558 farms measuring 3.4 million hectares to resettle landless Namibians to date.The government started...

Youth must stand up and...

4 hours ago | Opinion

Young Namibians have historically been the torchbearers of every revolution we have come to experience.In fact, that’s the story everywhere in Africa. Nelson Mandela, Yoweri...

Snared Etosha elephant calf rescued

4 hours ago | Environment

FRANCOISE STEYNBERGWINDHOEKAn elephant calf that was spotted near Namutoni in the Etosha National Park with a wire snare cutting deep into the flesh of its...

Six arrested for wildlife crimes

4 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKSix suspects have been arrested in connection with wildlife crimes and two new cases were registered last week.Three of the suspects were arrested for...

Swapo processes under fire

4 hours ago | Politics

OTIS FINCKWALVIS BAYAccording to an aggrieved group, Swapo leaders assigned to the Erongo Region baffled members in the districts by pushing through disputed candidate nominations...

A shared future for the...

4 hours ago | Opinion

ZHANG YIMINGToday marks the 71st anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China as well as the Chinese traditional Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)....

Matjila, Fillemon crowned gaming kings

4 hours ago | Sports

Jesse Jackson Kauraisa WINDHOEK Namibian gamers Rashaad Matjila and Matias Fillemon have been selected as the country's e-sports national team players...

BA's power tussles continue

4 hours ago | Sports

Limba Mupetami WINDHOEK Infighting within Black Africa's (BA) ranks continues, with the interim committee and supporters of the community club clashing on whether...

Load More