Namibia Institute of Pathology Chief Executive Officer, Augustinus Katiti (4th from left) poses for a group photo with the Ugandan delegation. In the middle is Hon. Gothard Kasuto, Deputy Chairperson of standing committee on Gender equality, social development and family affairs.
|Story by George Sanzila
A Ugandan delegation comprised of Members of Parliament, officials and experts from the Ministry of Health in that country is on a two day benchmark visit to Namibia. The MPs led by Hon. Helen Kahunde make up the Standing Committee on health in the Ugandan Parliament and are on a fact finding mission following the recent introduction of the national laboratory services law in that country.
TIn line with the new act, the delegation visited the offices of the Namibian Institute of Pathology (NIP) yesterday. NIP is a state owned and largest pathology service provider in Namibia, accounting for 80% of the population.
Hon. Kahunde noted that the visit is aimed at looking at the legal framework and best practices, core functions and cooperation with other stakeholders in the pathology industry.
Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) was established in August 2000 as a state owned entity in accordance with the Namibia Institute of Pathology Act (Act no. 15 of 1999). NIP initially started with 23 laboratories across the country and has so far extended its coverage to about 40 laboratories as well as five patient care centres. These laboratories were taken over from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
The main objective of NIP is to provide medical laboratory services to all state healthcare facilities as well as private customers and clients in Namibia.