Health Ministry to call out contractors

The Ministry of Health and Social Services says it will debar contractors who fail to deliver projects and will implement penalties for late delivery.

Its Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, said this when he presented a report on the ministry's activities at health facilities in Windhoek.

"Contractors who fail us in the implementation of the projects are going to recommend to the policy unit that they are barred from participating in the awarding of new projects. We are also going to enforce the levying of penalties."


MoHSS inaugurates National Drug Control Commission

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has inaugurated the National Drug Control Commission (NDCC) in order to strengthen on-going efforts to ensure that communities are protected from potential harm that is inherent in the trade and use of illicit drugs.

Namibia ratified and acceded to the UN Convention against Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988 in 2009.

HIV prevalence among pregnant women declines

HIV prevalence among pregnant women has declined from 22% in 2002 to 14% last year.

This is according to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director, who welcomed the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong, on a visit to the Katutura State Hospital.

During an engagement with beneficiaries of the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission HIV Programme, Ben Nangombe revealed that 98% of all pregnant women in Namibia attend antenatal care, and more than 90% of them deliver at hospitals.

MoHSS acquires four trucks to enhance the transportation of clinical supplies

The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has acquired four trucks to enhance the transportation and distribution of pharmaceuticals and clinical supplies throughout the country, as well as alleviate the strain on its ageing fleet.

Valued at more than N$10 million, the new trucks were unveiled by Health Minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital.

The newly acquired trucks will be utilised by the central and regional medical stores to strengthen the supply chain, thereby allowing for more efficient and timely deliveries.

MoHSS hosts Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day at Eenhana

The Ministry of Health and Social Services hosted a Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day at Eenhana to create awareness of the importance of good menstrual health and management. 

The day was preceded by a street march by learners and was further marked with dances and songs, sending a strong message about the importance of menstrual health and hygiene in schools.

Wendy Nashilongo a learner at PH Mwanadingi read the statement on behalf of all girls.

Health Deputy Minister says health and well-being of employees a concern

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services says that the health and well-being of employees are concerning, hence the need to create platforms to discuss strategies on how to improve their well-being.

Dr. Utjiua Muinjangue was speaking at the Employee Wellness Indaba Conference held in Windhoek.

Dr. Muinjangue says a recent survey revealed that over 70% of employees in Namibia suffer from work stress or chronic health conditions.

This causes a 35% productivity loss for Namibian companies.

Ohorongo Cement donates various hospital equipment to MoHSS

The Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, says about 2.1 million people in the country depend on public health care services.

Dr. Shangula disclosed this during the donation of various hospital equipment valued at N$1.5 million by Ohorongo Cement and its partners.

Dr. Shangula received the donation consisting of 45 hospital beds, 45 matrasses, 45 bedside tables, 5 treatment tables, 4 infusion stands, 3 bath lifts, and 2 wheelchairs, amongst others.

Health Ministry staff urged to redouble their efforts

Health and Social Services Minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has urged his ministry staff to redouble their efforts in executing their shared mandate of providing quality health services and welfare to the citizens.

Opening his ministry's management staff workshop in Windhoek on Monday, Dr. Shangula stressed the need for improved service delivery.

While commending the achievements recorded in addressing TB and HIV/AIDS in the country, the minister feels more needs to be done.

MoHSS receives 15th Chinese Medical Teams

The Minister of Health and Social Services says the delivery of public health services can be enhanced through strong partnerships.

Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said this at the staff rotating ceremony of the 14th and 15th Chinese Medical Teams in Windhoek today.

Since 1996, China has been sending medical personnel to Namibia to contribute to the provision of health care services in the country.

Dr. Shangula noted that the presence of these teams in Namibia’s health facilities has enriched the services delivered to patients.

No end in sight for missing baby body from the Windhoek state mortuary

The parents accusing the Windhoek State Mortuary for the disappearance of their baby's body from the mortuary, have still not received any news from the relevant authorities almost two months after the incident occurred.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services' spokesperson Walter Kamaya, last week informed nbc News that the ministry is busy with investigations.

"I was briefed this morning by the head of the mortuary that investigations into this matter are being carried out. The Ministry will pronounce itself once the investigation is done" said Kamaya.