New Primary Health Clinic
Keetmanshoop has a functioning hospital, but there is also a great need for primary health services in the town. Some of these needs were addressed by the existing Daan Viljoen clinic that operated from three rooms adjacent to an old age a home in the residential township of Keetmanshoop. The small clinic was very busy and the increased need necessitated a larger size clinic. Recent additional requirements for the provision of counseling and testing for HIV and TB treatment were also lacking. The location of the clinic was ideal for the user population, and the old age home thus made an unused portion of their site available for the development of a new clinic that would meet all the requirements. The old clinic was converted to staff housing for the nurses.
Keetmanshoop climatic conditions are characterized by desert extremes with summer temperatures ranging from 34 degrees Celsius and above on average, and winter temperatures dropping to between 2-6 degrees in the daytime. The area is characterized by low rainfall and desert plants such as the iconic quiver tree abound. Wind speeds of up to 20km/hour mainly from the south are common, with average calm periods only amounting to 26% of total.