Govt to address teenage pregnancies in rural areas

27 Mar 2014 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - Following recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Health Sector in 2012 for the sector to be improved, new clinics and health centres were built across the country.
This was said by President Hifikepunye Pohamba when he delivered his State of the Nation address at the Nation Assembly on Thursday.
He said in addition to the maintenance and modernisation of existing health facilities, new clinics and health centres were built. These include eight primary health clinics, primary health centres, and various hospital components, such as an administration block at the Usakos Hospital and the completion of a Nuclear Medicines Unit at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Pohamba added that Namibia is making deeper in-roads in combating the HIV/Aids pandemic.
“Over the last three years, notable reductions were recorded in new infections as the campaign on zero new infections, and zero HIV-related deaths gained momentum.
“Similarly, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission strategy has produced good results,” he said.
He added that the Ministry of Health and Social Services will soon launch a national strategy to eliminate Mother-to-Child-Transmission.
Pohamba noted that Government will also address the situation regarding teenage pregnancies in rural areas around the country.
He noted that it is incumbent upon parents, guardians, community, traditional and spiritual leaders to teach, promote and facilitate a stable upbringing of the youth, based on values of self-respect and respect for others.
The Head of State also said Government will continue to address the challenges faced by the youth and implement interventions to promote their welfare and enable them to secure a brighter future.
“Our youth represents the nation's best hope for the future and are indeed a central and vital component in the achievement of our national development goals. To become effective agents for change and catalysts, however, our youth must acquire modern skills and competencies,” he said.
This was the last State of the Nation address delivered by Pohamba as his second term in office ends in March next year.