U.S. Embassy donates prefabricated dispensary buildings

23 Jun 2016 18:50pm
OKONGO, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – The American Embassy in Namibia has donated eight prefabricated dispensary buildings to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS)’s Okongo District in the Ohangwena Region.
The buildings are to be used as outreach antiretroviral therapy (ART) points where the district’s rural people who are living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will get their medical treatment.
Director of Health and Social Services in the Ohangwena Region, John Hango during the facilities’ handing over ceremony at Okongo village on Wednesday said Oshifitu, Oupili, Oshitishiwa, Onghalulu, Oshalumbu, Olukula, Onamihonga and Omutwewomunhu villages will benefit from the donation.
Okongo District’s health workers have already started giving treatment to people living with HIV at several community-based outreach centres throughout the district since 2007 to make it easier and more possible for people living with HIV to receive the important medication.
The district’s people living with HIV experienced a high transport cost and were travelled long distances to receive ART at the Okongo District Hospital or elsewhere in the region, hence the introduction of the outreach treatment points at identified villages over the past 10 years.
The American Embassy congratulated Okongo’s community health workers for making it much easier for people living with HIV in the district to get their medicine or lifesaving ART at their doorsteps.
“What you have done here to make sure your patients get the best possible treatment is now recognised by the international health community as a model for providing critical health services,” the American Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton said in a statement read on his behalf at the handover.
Daughton said the American government remains more committed than ever to support the Namibian government in the fight against HIV/AIDS, because it believes that through working together, the fight against the pandemic can be won.
“We believe that, together, we can achieve an ambitious target; the target of an AIDS-free generation in Namibia,” Daughton explained.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Namibia Field Office Coordinator, Naemi Shoopala officiated at the handover on behalf of Daughton.