19 Jul 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) City of Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua has called on Namibian men to be responsible for their health and access the available services to promote a healthy nation.
Speaking at an event under the Citys Mens Health Services campaign here on Wednesday, Kazapua said globally, men are lagging behind when it comes to the use of health services available to them despite the available information, resources and capacity to take the decisions.
The campaign aims to reaffirm that health needs of men also play an important role in the countrys health capacity, said Kazapua.
Men attendees from various organisations and institutions at the event engaged in a dialogue regarding accessing health services and outlined the barriers they face in getting such services.
Kazapua emphasised that the campaign also aims to assist men who suffer from abuse in silence because they are afraid to show emotions and are ashamed of what society would think of them if they reported such abuse.
He said in most cases, help always comes too late.
The campaign addressed the different health issues by offering onsite tests for blood pressure, haemoglobin, cholesterol, diabetes and HIV with pre- and post counselling.
The mayor was the first attendee to volunteer for an HIV test so as to encourage the rest to do the same.
He said the campaign and his actions stem from his position as a Champion of the Paris Declaration of 01 December 2014 that encourages mayors of towns and cities to go for HIV tests and motivate citizens to follow suit.
Out of 47 local authorities in Namibia, 37 have signed up to a community mobilisation and engagement programme on the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission(PMTCT) in partnership with the Office of the First Lady and the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Speaking at the same event, UNAIDS Country Director Barihuta Tharcisse said despite the progress made in reducing new infections across the board, reducing them among adults is a struggle in recent years because of a lack of an uptake on testing, treatment and other preventative measures among men.
The empowerment of women combined with male engagement will break the chain of transmission, said Tharcisse.