Nation still faces serious health challenges: Pohamba

08 Dec 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 DEC (NAMPA) – The Government of Namibia emphasises on efficient, uninterrupted and quality health service delivery, says President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
He made the remarks in a speech delivered on his behalf by the Minister of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Dr Richard Kamwi during the official opening ceremony of the first-ever conference on Health Public Private Partnership here on Monday.
The two-day conference aims to strengthen health outcomes in the country through mobilising public private partnerships to address pressing challenges with regards to the delivery of quality, efficient and uninterrupted health services.
Pohamba acknowledged several strides the Ministry of Health and Social Services had made over the past few years to redress pressing health challenges.
Some of the improvements are the significant reduction of Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB)-related deaths, and the increase of anti-retroviral therapy coverage for HIV-infected people through the decentralisation of services through healthcare clinics.
He, however, noted that although the ministry has recorded improvements, the nation still faces serious health challenges which are being worsened by the ageing national healthcare system.
“This puts the patient quality care and ability to provide affordable healthcare services to the citizens at a breaking point, thus undermining the many gains we have been able to achieve over the years,” said Pohamba.
He added that over the years, donor health financing has been declining, and this impacts both the funding levels and the technical ability to deliver quality, effective accessible health care services.