Kamwi leaves Health Ministry 'a proud man'

20 Feb 2015 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA)- The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Richard Kamwi, said he has achieved his mission after serving at that position for ten years.
Kamwi made this statement while talking to Nampa on Thursday after addressing the opening of the 2015 Management Development Forum in the capital.
He stated that he joined the Health Ministry at the height of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and Malaria but that has changed during his tenure.
“I have fought the battle to eliminate the high number of Namibians dying from HIV/AIDS as well as Malaria,” he said, adding that he also fought the battle to ensure that the Mother to child transmission of HIV is reduced.
Kamwi is one of the longest serving Namibians in the health sector, together with his deputy Petrina Haingura who is also leaving the Ministry.
In 1980, Kamwi became the first black health inspector in Katima Mulilo.
He was first appointed as the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services in 2000. He was promoted to the top post in that ministry in 2005 - a position he currently holds.
He said the journey of being a health minister was long and often rough.
“We experienced rough tides and often became the most criticised politicians for either right or wrong reasons, but we are consoled by the immense achievements which I believe outweigh the negative by far,” he said.
Kamwi stated that he shall forever be indebted to the Founding father Dr. Sam Nujoma for identifying him to lead the Health Ministry, and to President Hifikepunye Pohamba for entrusting him and having confidence in him to spearhead that Ministry for ten years.
Kamwi appealed to the Namibian nation to render support in order for the Ministry to fulfil its mandate and to realise vision 2030.
He further encouraged the Namibian nation to keep listening to each other, to actively and pro-actively engage each other, and to continue collaborating with each other.
The out-going health minister said he was married to his national duty, and is proud of the activities he has spearheaded within the Ministry.
“I must confess, I did not give sufficient time to my family. For this I would like to extend my unreservedly apology to my children, and I will now resort much of my time to spoiling you as a father,” he said.