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Namibia needs 10 times more doctors it currently has

Staff Writer |
Namibian President Hage Geingob said the country continued to face acute shortages of skills and experience, especially in the health sector.

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Speaking at the State of the Nation address on Wednesday, he said in the public health sector, the per capita ratio of doctors is one to every 5,092 people while that of a registered nurse is one to 914 people.

This is against the World Health Organization's benchmark of one doctor or one nurse per 435 people.

Geingob said that the Medical School at the University of Namibia is one of many investments in ensuring the provision of critical skills.

The school produced its first ever set of graduates last year with about 35 students graduating out of the 57 who enrolled in 2010 when the school started.


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