Japanese support Ministry of Health

27 Nov 2018 08:50am
OSHAKATI, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – The government of Japan, on behalf of the people of that country, availed a total grant of some N.dollars 11 million to complement health development work being carried out by the Namibian government.
Ambassador of Japan to Namibia Hideaki Harada said this whilst donating neonatal care and nutrition supplies to the Ministry of Health and Social Services during an occasion held at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital here on Monday.
Harada pointed out that the support is done in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and is primarily earmarked for the resilience of families affected by drought and flood episodes in Namibia.
The 432 sets of supplies will benefit the regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Kavango East, Kunene, Kavango West and Zambezi.
“The project mainly targets mothers and children among other vulnerable members, as it is Japan’s own experiences that investing in mothers and children would contribute to poverty reduction, economic growth and prosperity,” Harada explained.
He said the donation includes essential new-born care supplies, nutritional supplements for children under the age of five and mothers who are identified as malnourished, bed nets and anti-malaria drugs for pregnant women and children.
Hand washing soaps and water purification tablets are also part of the donated items, which seek to improve the health and nutritional status of the most vulnerable in the said regions.
UNICEF is the project implementing agency.
“The government of Japan is confident that these supplies and equipment will be used appropriately and that health services for the most vulnerable members of society, namely women and children, and the general public as a whole will be improved as a result,” Harada noted.
Receiving the donation, Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Bernard Haufiku said the support by the people of Japan is a contribution towards his ministry’s efforts to reduce the death of children under the age of five in Namibia.
Haufiku said inequality, poverty and other social evils are the root cause of death of children in the country, which need a multi-sectoral approach.
The minister mentioned that the partnership with Japan started long ago and is not a response to recent media reports that 208 babies died at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital out of the hospital’s 996 premature births of this year.
“We are committed to reduce this number, of course with the contribution of the other sectors,” Haufiku stated, revealing that one State paediatrician in Namibia is attending to one million children due to the shortage of human resources.
UNICEF Namibia representative Rachel Odede also attended the event.