Eye camp concludes for 2023

Renowned ophthalmologist Dr. Helena Ndume, along with a dedicated team of medical professionals, has concluded this year's free eye clinic at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital with a focus on removing cataracts and restoring vision to patients.

This initiative has brought new hope and transformed the lives of 2,410 patients, comprised mainly of the elderly, in the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Kunene, and Kavango West regions.

Cataracts, a common cause of vision loss, have left many individuals struggling with impaired sight.

Oral Health Week launched

The Omusati, Oshana, and Ohangwena regions have taken a significant step towards promoting oral health and hygiene by jointly launching Oral Health Week.

The initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of dental care and encourage the community to prioritise their oral well-being.


Oral Health Week is a campaign aimed at educating residents in both urban and rural areas about the significance of maintaining good oral hygiene practices.

Health and social services of young Namibians expected to improve

Health and social services for vulnerable children, adolescents, and youth in Namibia are expected to improve through the five-year Reach Namibia Programme of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

The programme will invest about N$840 million in the provision of these services.

PEPFAR focuses on expanding access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care interventions.

NamWater removes wall interrupting water flow from Olushandja Dam 

NamWater has removed a wall that was built by individuals at Omuthitugwaamalwa Village to divert or privatise water.

The wall interrupted water flow from Olushandja Dam's south wall outlet into the Etaka-Uuvudhiya canal for some 130 kilometres.

The drought had left livestock without water in the Oshana and Omusati regions following poor rainfall.

Namwater then started last week to pump water as a measure of relief for livestock.

Some community members, however, build walls to divert the water from the canal for themselves.

TransNamib urged to integrate plan to maximise return on investment

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economics and Public Administration wants to see TransNamib transformed to offer services par excellence and have an integrated master plan to maximise return on investment.

 
The Committee was in the Otjozondjupa Region, where it familiarised itself with the dilapidated structures belonging to the parastatal.

The oversight visit follows recommendations to TransNamib by the Ministry of Works and Transport and stakeholders to introduce a master plan integrating air, road, rail, and maritime transportation modes.

Onamutai residents recieve women's community open market

Residents of Onamutai in the Oshana Region's Ongwediva Constituency have become beneficiaries of a women's community open market.

The market provides a platform for community members, especially women, to sell their goods and generate income.

For three decades, the Onamutai community has been selling their produce under a tree to sustain themselves.

However, this is now something of the past with the construction of a women's community open market by EDDD Investment at a cost of N$111,000.

Female MP's encouraged to advocate for more funding for nbc

Oshana Governor Elia Irimari has encouraged female parliamentarians participating in a capacity-building workshop for women parliamentarians in Oshakati to advocate for more funding for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (nbc).

This step is essential to enabling the broadcaster to expand its reach across all 14 regions of the country.

ELCIN holds annual mission festival

The eastern and western Dioceses of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) held their 153rd annual mission festival at Eembaxu and Euvathano in the Ohangwena and Oshana regions over the past weekend.

 

The mission festival is an annual event on the calendar of ELCIN where deaneries come together to commemorate and celebrate the missionary work brought by the Finnish missionaries who arrived at Omandongo in Onayena Constituency on July 7, 1870, to plant the seed of Christianity in Namibia.

 

Transport Deputy visits at NATIS offices in the Oshana and Omusati

Works and Transport Deputy Minister Veikko Nekundi had a series of familiarisation visits at NATIS offices and facilities in the Oshana and Omusati regions.

He also made a stopover at the Tsandi-Omugulugwombashe gravel road, which is vital as it leads to the Omungulu-Gwombashe national heritage site, where the first shot to commence the armed liberation struggle was fired and where heroes, heroines, and veterans of the liberation struggle are buried.

Flood waters continue to subside in Ohangwena and Oshana regions

The water levels in flood-stricken villages of the Ohangwena and Oshana regions continue to subside, giving a bit of relief to the affected residents. 

It's been close to three months since the flood waters from Angola entered Oimbadalunga Village in the Ohangwena Region. 

The flood waters spread quickly to Oimbadalunga, Eeshoke, Ohaingu and Engela villages in the Engela Constituency. 

Many keenly followed the floods with bated breath and excitement in anticipation of what would come.