Namibia’s health ministry said Tuesday it will launch a facility-based survey to cover all health facilities, both public and private in the country.

The ministry said in a statement that they will undertake the Health Facility Census, building on the previous one conducted in 2009. This year the official launch will take place on Aug. 24.

“The census will collect information on the availability and readiness of health facilities infrastructure, resources, management systems and services for improved health out,” Ann-Marie Nitschke, Director Directorate of Special Programs, said in the statement.

She said the findings of the census are expected to inform the health ministry to design and improve interventions and services geared at ensuring that the population can access the necessary services with minimum delay as well as allocation of resources effectively.

Meanwhile, in the 2009 Health Facility Census more than 400 health facilities participated and the facilities surveyed included hospitals, health centres, clinics, free-standing voluntary HIV counselling and testing centres, and sick bays. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh