01 Nov 2018 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) on Thursday held a pre-meeting on focal persons for surgical care, ahead of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Health meeting next week.
The pre-meeting was aimed at deliberating on improving emergency and surgical obstetric and anaesthesia care within primary health care in the region.
In a speech read on his behalf, Minister of Health and Social Services, Bernard Haufiku explained that the MoHSS plans to pursue the National Surgical Obstetric Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) and integrate it into the national health strategic plan launched in August this year to ensure the NSOAPs success.
He said the plan forms part of the non-communicable disease interventions at primary health care level that has the potential to reduce morbidity and mortality to a considerable extent.
Through the plan, Haufiku added, the SADC Member States can now translate their political commitment contained in the resolution of the World Health Assembly (WHA) 68.15 and decision of the WHA 70.22 into tangible health programmes aimed at achieving universal health coverage.
When we strengthen district health hospitals with adequate obstetric and anaesthesia care, we not only ensure timely service and appropriate level of care, but we reduce unnecessary referrals to the next level of care, he noted.
The member states, under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Zambia in 2015 negotiated through consensus at the 68th WHA, resolution WHA 68.15; to strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component to Universal Health Coverage. This was followed up in 2017 with WHA 70.22 on reporting on progress in the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
The resolution will help the region address public health challenges such as the reduction of physical disability, the improvement of physical activity of individuals for prevention of non-communicable diseases, the improvement on local emergency preparedness and response and the strengthening of the health system, amongst others.
Namibia, as Chair of the SADC region, will host the SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV meeting between 05 and 09 November to discuss a range of health issues affecting the member countries, including the effects of malaria outbreaks and the status of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.