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STIs a global health concern

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Sexually transmitted infections continue to pose significant public health challenges, causing 2.5 million deaths each year globally.

This is according to a new World Health Organisation report issued on Tuesday.

In 2022, WHO member states set out a target to reduce the annual number of adult syphilis infections by tenfold by 2030, from 7.1 million to 0.71 million.

New syphilis cases among adults aged 15–49 increased by nearly one million in 2022, reaching eight million, with 230,000 syphilis-related deaths.

Health Minister addresses concerns over cardiotocography paper shortage

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The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, has responded to concerns raised by Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Winnie Moongo about the shortage of cardiotocography papers at Windhoek Central Hospital.

Dr. Shangula acknowledged that, despite the shortage, clinicians at Windhoek Central Hospital have been able to deliver appropriate care using their clinical judgement. 

|Khomas council makes strides in health, safety and security sectors

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The |Khomas Regional Council says it has made positive contributions with targeted projects in the health, safety, and security sectors for the 2023–2024 financial year.

Among its successes in the health sector are the renovations of the Donkerhoek Clinic to the tune of N$1.5 million.

The Chairperson of the |Khomas Regional Council says the renovation at the Donkerhoek Clinic includes an additional doctor's consulting room, a pharmacy, and the installation of air conditioning at the clinic.

HIV-positive women more vulnerable to cervical cancer

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Women who are HIV positive are more at risk of human papilloma virus infection, making them vulnerable to cervical cancer.

Although a particular challenge in the African Region, given the high levels of HIV infection, this is also a screening opportunity, according to the World Health Organisation.

WHO's African Regional Director, Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, highlighted that HIV screening and treatment services can be used as another opportunity to raise awareness about cervical cancer while offering screening and vaccination to women attending HIV services. 

Equitable access to health in Namibia remains worrisome

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Equitable access to health in Namibia remains one of the most worrisome situations in the country.

Therefore, the Patient Charter and National Health Policy Framework road map should aim to promote and implement equitable healthcare as an essential human right.

A legal practitioner, Chloe Brandt, eluded during an interview that if one cannot acknowledge the right to health, it becomes difficult for one to know other human rights to housing, life, and dignity.

Namibian health system remains under control

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The public health situation in Namibia remains stable and under control, and the government is pleased with the World Health Organisation's (WHO) performance.

This assurance was provided by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, during the courtesy call by the WHO Chief at State House.

In the past, Namibia experienced an overburden of communicable diseases such as HIV, TB, and malaria.

This has seen the government increase investments in the health sector to bring infection rates under control and ensure access to treatment.

Governor Endjala satisfied with construction of roads in Omusati Region

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The Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala, has expressed his satisfaction with the roads constructed and upgrades made in the region.

During his State of the Region Address, Endjala expressed gratitude to the government for availing N$35 million for the upgrading of the Tsandi- Omungulugwombashe Road gravel road to bitumen standard.

Construction of the Tsandi-Omungulugwombashe tar road is to be done in two phases over a period of ten months.

The road stretches 22 kilometres from Tsandi to the Omugulugwombashe Memorial Site.

President Hage Geingob addresses health concerns following hospitalisation

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President Hage Geingob's commitment to transparency regarding his health and ability to serve as the country's highest officeholder seems to be placing pressure on other leaders.

Upon his return to his residence, Dr. Geingob acknowledged this fact while being greeted by an enthusiastic gathering of family, Cabinet colleagues, Members of Parliament, and other well-wishers.

Maintaining confidentiality is of the utmost importance for any patient undergoing a medical procedure.