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The number of state patients requiring funding from the Ministry of Health and Social Services has increased drastically over the years.

This fund, which was established to assist state patients who are unable to afford private health care, was allotted about N$57 million for the 2023/2024 financial year.

The Special Fund for the Treatment of Unusual Illnesses was established in 2012 to fund state patients with rare conditions, ailments, or illnesses that cannot be treated in public hospitals or in Namibia.

These range from certain types of cancer to congenital conditions and dialysis treatment.

About 260 patients are on dialysis treatment with three sessions per week each, 50 oncology patients with treatment estimated at 2.4 million per month, while patients referred outside the country are twelve.

The expenditure has, however, increased to N$240 million, with a N$118 million outstanding invoice.

An additional N$130 million is required to settle the bill.

About 85 percent of Namibians depend on public health services, with a majority unable to afford treatment.

Executive Director, Ben Nangombe clarified that individuals suffering from rare illnesses can approach public health facilities to be assisted accordingly.

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Celma Ndhikwa