Regular health check-ups important: Nandi-Ndaitwah

12 Oct 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK 12 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibians should get regular medical check-ups to avoid any possible illnesses being detected too late, when treating such ailments becomes more difficult, Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said this in a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga at the opening of the new OneHealth Pharmacy in Windhoek’s Okuryangava residential area on Saturday.
“Many a time people tend to visit their physicians when their ailments are already at an advanced stage, thus making it difficult to be treated,” she said.
Shilunga said some people avoid going for check-ups due to fear of the unknown.
“Some people prefer not to know their health status because once they know that they are suffering from a certain disease, especially those that are incurable, to them it is the end of the world,” she said.
Shilunga said this should however not be the case, because “the advantage of knowing surpasses the disadvantage of not knowing”.
The owners of the pharmacy, pharmacists Grace Hikumwa and Pamela Henguva, held a public health awareness day as part of the opening.
Residents of the surrounding areas received free blood pressure and blood glucose tests, and also received advice on weight management and other general health tips.
This was done as part of making community members aware of the role of the pharmacist.
The OneHealth Pharmacy is the first pharmacy to be opened in the Okuryangava residential area. Residents of Okuryangava had to make use of the pharmacy in the neighbouring areas of Soweto and Herero before.