Ambulance challenges in Otjozondjupa receive attention

The challenges of a lack of aging ambulances in the Otjozondjupa Region are finally receiving attention.

The region only has two functioning ambulances out of a fleet of six to transport patients to and from the district hospitals of Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, and Grootfontein.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, acknowledged the shortage of ambulances and gave assurance that the ministry would speed up the process to procure one for Okakarara.

Namibia ranks among top 10 countries with high TB cases in the world

Namibia is among the top ten countries with high tuberculosis cases in the World.

Health and Social Services Minister, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula calls on community members with TB symptoms to get tested and start receiving treatment without delay.

Dr. Shangula was speaking at the commemoration of World TB Day in Tsumkwe under the theme Yes! We can end TB!

Namibia recorded 8,604 cases of TB last year, an increase of 30% compared to 2021.

Dr. Shangula says it is devastating that TB cases are high while the disease is preventable and treatable.

Cancellation of health tender negatively impacting service delivery - Dr. Shangula

The recent cancellation of the N$650 million clinical supply tender of the Ministry of Health and Social Services has negatively impacted the supply of medicines, beds, and equipment in state hospitals and clinics. 

The Minister of Health and Social Service Dr. Kalumbi Shangula said this during a visit to health facilities in the Otjozondjupa Region this week, following concerns of shortages of supplies.

A visit to health facilities in the region revealed common complaints by medical staff.

Dr. Kalumbi Shangula inaugurates Oikokola Primary Healthcare Clinic

Health and Social Services Minister Dr. Kalumbi Shangula officially opened the Oikokola Primary Healthcare Clinic in Etayi constituency in Omusati Region.

The clinic's construction was funded by the government at a cost of N$17.9 million.

On Monday, Dr. Shangula opened another primary health care clinic at Iipanda Yamiti in Oshikuku district.

He says primary health care is the foundation for a stronger health system.

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.

Pharmacist Care Association of Namibia launches 2023 Namibia Health Exhibition

The Pharmacist Care Association of Namibia has launched the 2023 Namibia Health Exhibition.

The initiative scheduled to take place in September this year will bring together healthcare professionals, researchers, and innovators to showcase the latest developments in the field of healthcare. 

The Namibia Health Exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to highlight the important work being done by the private sector to improve public health, from research, and development of new treatments and technologies, to the provision of essential health services and products. 

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.

Namibians urged to get tested for COVID-19

Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, has urged Namibians to protect themselves by getting tested for COVID-19 and to ensure that they get vaccinated.

Briefing Nampa on the current COVID-19 status, Shangula said the situation is being monitored and is stable, although there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Shangula, says Namibia has seen an upsurge in cases over the last seven days, especially in the Khomas Region, where an average of five cases per day have been recorded.

Health Ministry continue to strive towards improving healthcare services for all

Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services, says his ministry will continue to work to improve healthcare services in both urban and rural areas.

Dr. Shangula told nbc News at his homestead in Etilyasa village in the Omusati Region that expanding services is critical to the ministry in order to ensure inclusive health services.

However, Dr. Shangula was quick to point out that the government's efforts alone will not achieve a healthy society and require a collective undertaking with other stakeholders.