Diseases destroy developmental achievements: Kamwi

10 Mar 2015 13:10pm
ONAMUTAI, 10 MAR (NAMPA) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi has reminded the community of the Onamutai village that tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS remain public health challenges in Namibia.
Kamwi said this whilst inaugurating a Primary Health Care Clinic worth about N.dollars 5.2 million at the said village in the Oshana Region on Monday.
The Onamutai village is no exception when it comes to TB and HIV/AIDS, and the “red light is flickering” at the village, he said, adding that such infections create orphans in the Namibian community.
“It (diseases) is destroying developmental achievements our country have achieved in the last 25 years. It is making us poorer and poorer as we spend more time caring for the sick while attending more and spending more money on funeral services,” Kamwi explained.
The outgoing Namibian Health and Social Services Minister used the same platform to announce that the Namibian government recently decided to offer free TB and HIV/AIDS treatment to poor Angolan nationals seeking medical assistance in Namibia.
This follows medical reports of last year that 75 per cent of HIV/AIDS and/or TB patients recorded at Namibian hospitals along the Namibian-Angolan border are Angolan citizens.
He charged that a high number of Angolan patients contribute to the high rate of resistance in HIV/AIDS and TB treatment in Namibia.
“Treat those Angolans for free, because it is to our advantage,” Kamwi urged Namibian medical staff members.
He indicated that the Namibian government will talk to its Angolan counterpart to consider reimbursing the free treatment given to its HIV/AIDS or TB patients in Namibia.
Kamwi urged all staff members of his ministry to render maximum support to his successor and new deputy to be inaugurated with the rest of the new Namibian government on 21 March 2015.