29 May 2016 11:10am
ONDANGWA, 29 MAY (NAMPA) The Oshana Region will train another 166 health extension workers in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years to complete its health extension programme (HEP).
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna announced this during the graduation of 100 health extension workers (HEWs) for the Oshana Region at Ondangwa on Friday.
This was the second graduation ceremony following the first intake of 98 HEWs trained for the Oshana Region in the 2015/16 financial year.
Kavetuna said Cabinet in 2013 approved the implementation of the HEP and its budget was made available.
She said the implementation resulted in the scaling up of HEP in six regions - Kunene, Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango East, Zambezi and Kavango West - after a successful pilot project was implemented in the Kunene Regions Opuwo health district in 2012.
Kavetuna said 561 HEP trainees (163 for Kunene; 98 for Omusati and 100 trainees each for Ohangwena, Kavango and Zambezi) underwent training in 2012.
In the 2015/16 financial year, 100 HEWs each were trained for Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa and //Kharas. Fifty were trained for the Hardap region.
Kosmos Nenkavu was named the overall best performer in both theory and practical; while Martha Kamwangha was the best theory student and Beata Imene the best practical student.
Gudrun Nambala and Andreas Johannes were the best disciplined and most punctual students.
The HEP is meant to increase access to and coverage of promotive, preventive, rehabilitative and basic curative services mainly focusing on maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition.
It is also aimed at promoting safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation, as well as tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS and Malaria prevention.