A 35-year-old woman from Ombaka Village in the Epupa Constituency is gravely concerned over the future of her 16-year-old son, who suffers from haemophilia.

Haemophilia is a medical condition in which the ability of the blood to clot is severely reduced, causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury.

This condition has caused the 16-year-old to drop out of school and not be able to do any chores.

Vakazapi Tjirambi said her son, Rando Mbinge, was diagnosed in 2013 at the age of six.

Mbinge's bleeding can be triggered by any small cut or any sharp object injury.

She narrated that the first incident occurred when he hurt himself with an object in the mouth, resulting in him bleeding excessively.

That was just the beginning of countless trips to hospitals.

Tjirambi said due to this condition, her son could only complete schooling until grade three at the Ombaka mobile unit.

When they attempted to apply to Omanguate Primary School, which had a hostel, they received a negative response.

"I narrated my son's health condition to the teachers, who asked for references from the previous school principal. Teachers at Omanguate said it will be a challenge to have him in boarding school because what if he injures himself or is injured by others at school?"

Rando Mbinge,like any boy of his age, yearns to play with his peers, go to school, and also perform chores at home.

He stated that his health condition makes him sad and that he worries that his dream of becoming a teacher one day will not materialise.

"I do not feel good not going to school; there are times I test myself, but no luck. Is there no doctor out there to treat me so I can go back to school? And also go at the cattle post like my peers."

Mbinge's mother said that although they regularly go to the hospital and blood tests are done, they are never given any results, she alleges.

She feels her son is not receiving adequate medical care, and the injections and medications he gets only help temporarily.

She said six years ago, they were referred to Katutura Hospital, where they were prescribed injections for six months, and they were supposed to come back to Opuwo for follow-up; however, the nurses in Opuwo Hospital could not trace the dates or the previous treatment to base it on.

"I am so hurt that my son, who was supposed to help me, is sick with an illness that I don't know. I cannot even send him to school because I fear that if I send him, I will be expecting calls that my child is sick. I am asking God, Where will I get a good doctor to help my child and go back to school?"

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