WINDHOEK (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services
jointly with its Angolan counterpart are crafting the memorandum
of understanding, set to formalize collaboration to strengthen
the countries’ ability to fight malaria, said Juliet Kavetuna,
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services on Thursday.
Kavetuna, the agreement will allow both institutions to better
serve citizens and tackle the health problem of malaria
memorandum of understanding on cross border collaboration is
ready for submission to the Office of the Attorney General and
development partners have been sensitized on the need for
supporting Angola with effective malaria control programme,” she
Malaria outbreak is
a great concern, especially in the northern part of the country
and cross-border regions between Angola and Namibia.
Deputy Minister said that an additional 12 million Namibian
dollars (0.9 million U.S. dollars) would be required for
effective implementation of the response programme on the fight
against malaria. So far, only 2 million Namibian dollars (154,
000 U.S. dollars) has been availed by Office of Minister.
The Ministry is set
to run a malaria advocacy campaign, scheduled to commence in
September 2017 which will entail spray operator training and
logistic arrangements including procurement of insecticides and
Countrywide survey to measure
TB burden in Namibia
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s health ministry will launch the
Tuberculosis Disease Prevalence Survey (TB-DPS) in the country
on July 13, in the capital Windhoek.
The country’s health
Permanent Secretary, Andreas Mwoombola in a statement on
Wednesday said the survey’s aim is to measure the burden of TB
disease in Namibia in order to identify ways to improve
tuberculosis control and ultimately end the TB epidemic.
“The survey will be
carried out in 68 areas around the country which were selected
to provide a statistically representative sample of the whole
country,” he said.
survey will involve teams being deployed to screen the Namibian
population throughout the country.
ministry will work in collaboration with the other partners like
World Health Organization, Namibia Statistics Agency, Institute
of Pathology, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to conduct a national survey to measure the presence
of TB in the population of the country.
among the top five countries in the world with the highest per
capita TB disease burden (WHO report 2014).
report revealed that the number of TB cases diagnosed and
treated in Namibia has maintained a downward trend from 16,156
cases in 2004 to 9,882 cases in 2014, representing a 39 percent
decline during this period.
Namibia lifts ban on poultry
imports from Spain
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water
and Forestry has lifted the ban on imports of live poultry and
poultry products from Spain into Namibia. The lift allows for
the commencement of import and in-transit of poultry products
and birds from Spain into and through Namibia.
Magreth Kalo, public
relations officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and
Forestry on Thursday said that the decision to lift the ban
comes after Spain’s comprehensive report on effective control
measures that the country implemented.
to the Ministry, only products produced from the 2nd
of June 2017 can be imported.
The Ministry has
called on importers to contact the veterinary services
directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry
for their import and export plans from Spain.
Meanwhile, the ban
of poultry products from South Africa and Belgium still remain
in force. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in
June 2017 suspended the import of live bird species and poultry
products following an outbreak of Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)
in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province.