WINDHOEK, 11 APR – Even though the capacity of the health sector was tested by the outbreak of four life-threatening diseases, Namibia is making good progress in strengthening public health services, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday.
He was speaking during his fourth State of the Nation Address in the capital on Wednesday.
Since 2017, Namibia recorded 942 cases of Hepatitis E, from which seven people died. One case of cholera was also recorded, while last month a man was hospitalised with listeriosis and a 38-year-old man from Keetmanshoop died from Congo Fever.
“Progress has also been made in the construction of new operational maternity shelters in Opuwo, Eenhana, Okongo, Engela and Gobabis, while tenders for the construction of an additional two shelters at Katima Mulilo and Outapi have been issued,” Geingob said.
This, along with the availability of modern ambulances with maternal care functionality at all health centres, Geingob said, will enable Namibia to curb maternal and infant mortality.
The Head of State also said training Namibian medical personnel locally means the country is gradually meeting its targets on general health professionals, and the focus can now shift to increasing the availability of specialised skills.
The president however expressed disappointment in the fact that due to littering, Windhoek has lost its position as the cleanest city in Africa to Kigali in Rwanda.
He therefore called on all Namibians to come out in numbers to take part in the national clean-up scheduled for 25 May.
“Since this is a national effort all Namibians, including men and women in uniform, will participate,” he said.