Roadside Wellness Centre opens at Oshikango

19 Jul 2014 10:40am
OSHAIKANGO, 19 JUL (NAMPA) - The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has reached a total of 5 183 key populations with HIV counseling and testing services during the period January 2012 to 30 June this year.
WBCG Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Johny Smith said this during the launch of the Group’s Oshikango Roadside Wellness Centre at the northern border town of Helao Nafidi in the Ohangwena Region on Friday.
Out of the said figure, Smith said, a total of 1 104 long-distance truck drivers were tested for HIV, and 148 tested HIV-positive.
“Sex workers tested during the same period are 915, of which 112 tested HIV-positive,” he said.
The Oshikango Roadside Centre has also attracted people who are living in close proximity to the Oshikango border post, and the number of people from the general population tested during the same period was 3 164, of which 340 of them tested HIV-positive.
“The majority of all these people tested were new cases, with a few repeat cases also noted,” Smith pointed out.
He also revealed that the centre has dealt with 790 people who were diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and 90 per cent of them were treated on site, while 10 per cent of them were referred mostly to the Engela District Hospital.
The WBCG has thus far established roadside wellness centres at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region and now at Oshikango.
The three centres are aimed at ensuring that the health needs of mobile populations, mainly long-distance truck drivers and other transport workers, are addressed while they are on the road.
The Oshikango Roadside Wellness Centre is manned by a site coordinator, Werner Amutenya, two community counselors and a registered nurse.