Seventh Annual Healthcare Conference in Windhoek

25 Sep 2013 06:30
WINDHOEK, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - The Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi has emphasised the importance of access to healthcare, saying it is a “fundamental right” for everyone.
Kamwi was speaking here on Wednesday during the official opening of the seventh Annual Healthcare Conference hosted by the Namibia Association of Medical Aid Funds (NAMAF).
The two-day conference started Tuesday and was held under the theme ‘Is universal healthcare coverage an answer to healthcare delivery?’, a theme chosen because of the current challenges faced by the Namibian healthcare industry
“We, the Ministry of Health and Social Services, need to be conspicuous and meticulous in identifying what the healthcare needs of our country are. We need to set ourselves relevant goals and targets and spend our limited and hard-earned resources on reaching these targets,” Kamwi said.
NAMAF was established in terms of the Medical Aid Funds Act 23 of 1995. The association controls, promotes, encourages and co-ordinates the establishment and functioning of medical aid funds in Namibia; and promotes accessible, affordable, sustained and quality healthcare for all. NAMAF also strives to be influential in policy-making decisions.
The Health Minister said he was happy to hear that despite some challenges to NAMAF, it has remained proactive and is in the process of implementing important strategic projects.
“As I reiterated many times before and specifically at the previous NAMAF conference of 2011, Government is open to proposals, through my ministry, for public-private partnerships. Such collaborations should be aimed at reducing the number of citizens who go without access to affordable and appropriate healthcare services,” he said.