02 Feb 2018 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JAN (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Friday visited the areas in the Havana informal settlement that were recently affected by the hepatitis e virus.
During the visit, City of Windhoek officials who accompanied the Head of State stressed that vandalism of public toilets that result in sewage blockage, causing said sewage to run into the riverbeds were children play, in the process creating a health hazard.
The World Health Organizations country representative, Charles Sagoe-Moses, who also accompanied Geingob alongside the Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku and Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua, advised for community members to be involved in the building of the toilets.
When the community is involved they will make sure that toilets are not just built but they are also maintained, Sagoe-Moses said.
After visiting the sites, Geigob emphasised on the importance of basic sanitation as hepatitis e is not an inherit disease but is rather one that is associated with the lack of basic sanitation and hygiene.
When you are doing things behind the shacks, dig a bit and cover up instead of leaving for people to step on, he said.
The president also cautioned residents on the effect of city influx and settling on unserviced land, saying they are the ones who end up living under such conditions and affected by such unfortunate situations.
He added that the habit of we fought for this country, we live where we want is not right and needs to stop.
If the place was not served, you cannot expect to find or be provided with municipal services because it was not planned and now we are dying and our children are dying and we cannot allow this to go on, he said
Geingob commended the municipality and other stakeholders, especially the community that was involved in the cleaning of the areas, for doing a good job since the outbreak.
So far five people have died of hepatitis e and one stillbirth was recorded from a hepatitis e patient in Katutura State Hospital on Thursday night.
About 490 cases of hepatitis e have been reported since the outbreak of the virus in the Khomas region in October 2017.