12 Aug 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba says his government is committed to addressing critical areas such as maternal mortality and access to healthcare for adolescents.
He said this in a speech read on his behalf by Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi during the opening of a three-day Medical Doctors and Dentists Forum under the theme Improve quality, reduce costs, save lives in the capital on Tuesday.
Pohamba said the government is committed to address issues of the availability of anti-retroviral (ARV) medication for people living with HIV; broad-based health information, education and communication through appropriate means, taking into account people living with disabilities; and developing information technology systems to better manage health information.
Our government recognises that health and social wellbeing are fundamental human rights. In this context, the ultimate goal of the government is the attainment of a level of health and social wellbeing by all Namibians, which will enable them to lead economically and socially-productive lives, he noted.
Because Founding President Dr Sam Nujoma served as co-chairperson of the Millennium Summit, Namibia also has a responsibility to lead by example by implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concerning the health sector.
These include the MDG Four, which calls for a two-third reduction in childhood mortality; MDG Five, which calls for a 75 per cent reduction in the maternal mortality rate; and MDG Six to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
I am pleased to note that significant progress has been made towards all three goals. However, much still needs to be done, he said.
Pohamba then urged medical doctors and dentists to implement high-quality care standards, and to uphold medical ethics in their daily activities.
The president stated that government is indeed aware of the challenges which may limit them in providing the best services to people, but pledged its commitment to identifying gaps in the provision of quality care to all Namibians, and to find ways to close such gaps to ensure effective healthcare service delivery in the country.
The forum was initiated in 2011 with the financial backing from the Health Ministry and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Namibia.
The conference provides a platform for medical doctors and dentists to share experiences, voice their concerns and make recommendations which may strengthen or improve the quality of service delivery.
Over 50 medical doctors and dentists from all over the country are in attendance.
It ends on Thursday.