Ben Nangombe

Lack of funds halt many projects in Kavango West

Lack of funds halt many projects in Kavango West

Staff Writer The construction of the Nkurenkuru Intermediate Hospital in the Kavango West Region has been on hold for eight years since its ground breaking ceremony which was done by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in early November 2014. Ministry of Health and Social Services executive director Ben Nangombe said the availability of funds has affected the implementation of the hospital project. “The district hospital has been put on hold; the process had started but due to financial constrains the construction of the regional hospital could not take place. The availability of funds to implement these capital projects has affected that…
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Power outage at hospital during surgeries

Power outage at hospital during surgeries

Staff writer Surgeries were performed with flashlights yesterday at the Katutura State Hospital as the referral health facility experienced powers shortages in some parts. Medical Superintendent, Doctor Nelago Amagulu confirmed the power blackout, saying it lasted for some minutes, but said some surgeries had to continue being done while the power was being restored. “They were some surgeries that were being performed when the power blackout happened and they had to be continued with alternative lighting,” she said. According to Amagulu the earth cables were cut by people who vandalized and informed us that they turned the generator to manual…
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Measles outbreak in Omusati

Measles outbreak in Omusati

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Ministry of Health and Social Services has confirmed a measles outbreak in the Outapi district, Omusati Region, with 23 suspected cases discovered during surveillance activities of the Omusati Regional Health Directorate investigations. According to the Executive Director of the Health Ministry Ben Nangombe, the majority of the 14 cases are from Outapi District and occurred at a school in Olukekete Village. The Tsandi District had eight and Okahao District one. He stated that five of the cases investigated were laboratory confirmed, while one was classified as compatible after testing equivocal (considered positive) and could not be retested…
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Namibia receives condoms, lubricants worth over N$4 million

Namibia receives condoms, lubricants worth over N$4 million

Staff Writer Namibia received a donation of condoms and lubricants worth N$4 248 127 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today. The donations of over 6.9 million condoms and 2.6 million lubricants were received by the Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe. The condoms and lubricants were procured with funds from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) by USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program. Despite significant advances in the fight against HIV, Nangombe highlighted that some challenges persist, particularly surrounding HIV testing among communities and young people. “With the…
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Namibia not protected against Covid outbreak

Namibia not protected against Covid outbreak

Tujoromajo Kasuto Fear has been expressed that Namibia is not ready to withstand a new Covid-19 outbreak because of its low vaccination figures. Public health experts in some areas relaxed its Covid-19 regulations too early and adopted liberal health protocols as the developed world that have over 70 percent of vaccination figures as opposed to Namibia’s just over 20 percent of the targeted population. The Ministry of Health and Social Services is however confident that the Covid-19 health regulations are adequate to withstand an outbreak, while about a three-quarter of the targeted population remain unvaccinated. The Executive Director in the…
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Misinformation could lead to loss of lives

Misinformation could lead to loss of lives

Martin Endjala The Ministry of Health and Social Service Executive Director Ben Nangombe has called on the public to ignore misinformation being spread on social media both in voice and note clips by certain individuals against vaccination. The clips have led to public inundating the ministry with clarifications over the last three weeks. Nangombe also revealed that there had been several threats against vaccination teams and regional directors, emanating from the misinformation circulated. The ministry has assured the public that Namibia only uses WHO authorised vaccines for children and adolescents and would only\ introduce other vaccines and medical interventions as…
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Namibian men succumbing more to COVID-19 than women

Namibian men succumbing more to COVID-19 than women

Eba Kandovazu MORE Namibian men have succumbed to COVID-19, in comparison to women, since the global pandemic hit Namibia in March 2020. Until 10 January, a total 3735 Namibians died. Of these, 2044 are men and 1691 are women, the Executive Director (ED) in the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Ben Nangombe, says. Nangombe says an analytical study ought to be conducted, to establish why more men than women are dying due to coronavirus. "One cannot just make assumptions and conclude on the factors contributing to the difference, as this need analytical study to make an informed conclusion.…
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Children aged 12 years and older are now eligible for vaccination

Children aged 12 years and older are now eligible for vaccination

Tujoromajo Kasuto CHILDREN aged 12 years and older are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, as the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) has decided to expand vaccination eligibility to children and adolescents aged 12-17 years. Vaccination reduces the risk of severe illness, hospitalisation and deaths due to COVID-19. The World Health Organisation (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) has recommended that Pfizer/BionTech COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for use by persons aged 12 years and above. The same vaccine has been granted Emergency Use Authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in…
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Sinopharm’s third dose for 60-year- olds and those with comorbidity

Tujoromajo Kasuto MINISTRY of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director (ED), Ben Nangombe, says the ministry has with immediate implementation introduced an additional third dose of Sinopharm vaccine for people who have already completed their vaccination schedule. This would be administered six months (168 days) after the second dose for all adult 60 years and older, those with moderately to severely compromised immune including those with active cancer, transplant recipients, those on active treatment with immune suppression and people with HIV not on treatment. Nangombe adds that all individuals 18 years and older who have completed a two-dose schedule…
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Babies born early now survive because of improved medical, nursing care

Babies born early now survive because of improved medical, nursing care

Tujoromajo Kasuto It is a stark reality that approximately one in five babies born too early may not survive but medical and nursing care has improved significantly over the last 40 years. “Today, in Namibia, we can help babies who, 10 or 20 years ago would not have survived. Today, we are privileged to see tiny babies weighing about 1000 g or in some cases, less than that, survive and go home to their families,” says Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director (ED), Ben Nangombe. Nangombe said this during the commemoration of World Prematurity Day today, which…
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