Namibia's health system threatened by health challenges

31 May 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba says Namibia’s health system is constantly threatened by challenges.
Pohamba, who addressed over 200 student nurses of the National Health Training Centre at their graduation ceremony in the capital on Friday, said the HIV pandemic is far from over. She added that Namibia is now also threatened by cervical, breast, prostate and other cancers.
The First Lady further stated that Namibia also faces challenges of gender-based violence (GBV), teenage pregnancies and malnutrition, amongst others.
“All these challenges need serious interventions by committed and dedicated health and social workers,” Pohamba said.
According to the First Lady, much has been said about the situation of the country’s health services both in the public and private sectors, and she therefore called on the graduates to change the undesirable and learn from their colleagues who have gained experience over the years.
“In your service delivery you have the duty to listen, understand, support and educate where necessary. Be the agent of change for the better,” she advised.
She also stated that the country faces another challenge, that of human resource shortages, and she therefore urged graduates to go the extra mile in their duties.
The graduates consisted of 241 professional nurses, 21 pharmacist assistants and 11 environmental health practitioners’ assistants who have gone through a two-year training network programme of the Ministry of Health and Social Services.