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Namibia Institute of Pathology fully prepared for outbreak response

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The Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) has prepared all its systems in readiness and response to any outbreak that may require its services.

The institute has an annual test performance of approximately three million.

NIP's capacity was tested to the limit following the outbreak of COVID-19, especially in light of what was to follow when Namibia reported its first case in 2020.

President Geingob hopes to improve pension grant in 2024

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President Hage Geingob says his hope is that the old-age pension grant will be increased to N$2000 or more.

Dr. Geingob says his desire is to see this happen before he leaves the presidential chambers.

Currently, over 202,294 pensioners receive the monthly old-age grant.

The Namibian leader recalled the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, which prompted the government to enact policies and provide fiscal support to businesses and cash grants to more than 500,000 Namibians.

High Court tackles COVID-19 vaccine transparency case

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In a legal battle unfolding in the Windhoek High Court, the Health Defence League and several individuals are challenging the information and regulations surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

The case, presided over by Judge Hosea Angula, ignites discussions about how vaccines are administered and the public's right to clear information.

The group bringing the case to court includes the Health Defence League and individuals such as Monika Ruppel, Manfred Jochen Försch, Werner Gertz, and Paul Du Plessis, represented by lawyer Richard Metcalfe.

Three people die of COVID-19

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The Katima Mulilo State Hospital has reinstated precautionary measures amidst rising COVID-19 cases. Three people have died since May.

The hospital recorded 23 cases in May and six in June.

A Senior Nurse, Daniel Simataa, who is also responsible for the pillar of management at the hospital, says none of the three cases were vaccinated.

Current wave of COVID-19 in Namibia not a concern - Nangombe

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The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, says the current circulation of COVID-19 in the country has not yet reached levels of concern.

However, despite this assessment, Nangombe advises the public to continue taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the further spread of the virus.

During the first week of May, there were 40 reported positive coronavirus cases.

The number increased to 62 in the second week and slightly decreased to 54 in the third week.

PM inaugurates COVID-19 isolation facility at Andara Hospital in Kavango East

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Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has urged Namibians to continue prioritizing safety measures for COVID-19.

The Premier was speaking during the inauguration of the COVID-19 isolation facility at Andara Hospital in the Kavango East Region.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the government's response to COVID-19 was not only to deal with the pandemic and its effects but also to strengthen efforts to address existing developmental challenges.

About 260 million people face acute food insecurity

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The United Nations estimates that close to 260 million people in close to 60 countries around the world face acute food insecurity that requires urgent intervention.

The report by the Food Security Information Network attributed the status quo to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, and weather phenomena.

The report was launched by the Global Network Against Food Crises, an international alliance of the UN, the EU, and governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises.

UNAM's Medical School receives Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory

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The University of Namibia's Medical School received a Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory.

The lab and its contents were made possible through the German Development Bank and other stakeholders.

UNAM's Vice Chancellor, Professor Kenneth Matengu, says the Biosafety Level 3 Lab shows the university's commitment to investing in science and technology. 

"The ability to diagnose all forms of viruses is crucial for us to be able to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases such as the current COVID-19 pandemic."