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Nampharm Foundation re-commits to transform lives of Namibian children

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The Nampharm Foundation has renewed its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) for another five years.

The Foundation, with its partners, has been tirelessly facilitating the procedures of surgically correcting closures of the cleft lip and cleft palates of children in Namibia.

The renewal of the partnership coincided with the Foundation's 19th anniversary.

The partnership between the Foundation and the Health Ministry dates back to 2012 to cooperate in conducting facial reconstructive surgeries on needy children.

Rundu residents walk 15 kilometres to mark World Hypertension Day

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A group of Rundu residents walked for 15 kilometres to commemorate World Hypertension Day. 

Commemorated on May 17 every year, the day aims to raise awareness and promote measures to detect, control, and prevent hypertension. 

The group of residents, mostly from the Ministry of Health, traded in their usual work attire for fitness gear in preparation for the 15-kilometre walk. 

The Rundu Intermediate Hospital was the starting point for the health walk, and participants were expected to stroll all the way to the Sarusungu border post and back. 

Central Procurement Board denies corruption allegations 

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The Central Procurement Board of Namibia (CPBN) has refuted allegations that it corruptly awarded an unadvertised multimillion-dollar tender to a local pharmaceutical company, Fabupharm.

Activist Michael Amushelelo alleged on social media that the N$451 million tender was corruptly awarded and was facilitated by Finance and Public Enterprises Minister Iipumbu Shiimi. 

Cervical cancer a significant health challenge worldwide

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Cervical cancer continues to be a significant public health challenge worldwide.

Ranked as the fourth most common cancer, it has had a devastating impact on women's health globally. 

In 2020 alone, over 300,000 women will have lost their lives to this disease, highlighting the urgent need for increased awareness and effective prevention strategies.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month observed in Outapi served as a reminder of the significant impact of cervical cancer on women's health and the urgent need for education and early intervention. 

Ministry of Health vigilant to diagnose leprosy symptoms

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The 7th commemoration of World Leprosy Day was celebrated in Katima Mulilo in the Zambezi Region under the theme "Beat Leprosy."

Dr.Kalumbi Shangula, in his keynote address read by the governor of the Zambezi Region, Alufea Sampofu, said that the theme encapsulates the dual objectives of eradicating the stigma associated with leprosy and promoting the dignity of people affected by the disease.

Gov monitors respiratory illnesses in China

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The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, briefed the media this afternoon on the rise of respiratory illnesses among children in northern China.

The Ministry is actively investigating and implementing preventive measures, emphasising public vigilance and prompt medical attention.

In his media briefing, Dr. Shangula reassured the Namibians, stating that the ongoing COVID-19 and influenza surveillance activities have not identified an increase in respiratory infections or associated hospitalisations or deaths in Namibia.

Health Ministry compiles lead exposure report

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The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is compiling a report on lead exposure in the southern town of Rosh Pinah.

The ministry's public relations officer, Walter Kamanya, confirmed this to nbc News today.

Exposure to lead or lead poisoning can lead to brain damage, paralysis, and kidney failure. It may also affect the reproductive system while hindering growth and intelligence, especially among children.

According to the Africa Briefing website, 30 children in Rosh Pinah were found to carry lead in their bloodstream.

Otjimbingwe maternity ward upgrades

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The expecting mothers at Otjimbingwe no longer have to travel long distances to Usakos to deliver.

This follows a donation of equipment worth about seven hundred thousand dollars courtesy of Lipidico Chemicals Namibia.

Ojtimbingwe Clinic has been without enough space for emergency deliveries, and patients have travelled to Usakos, 90 kilometres away.

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, said transporting patients for emergencies was challenging and posed a risk to patients.

Health Ministry concludes marriage seminar at Oshakati

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Participants who attended the marriage seminar hosted by the Oshakati Hospital have applauded the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
 
The seminar which is an initiative of the social welfare department at the hospital aims to raise awareness of different social issues that affect marriage and relationships.

The seminar which promotes healthy marriages while finding ways to reduce high cases of divorce enlightened about 50 couples on the importance of among others communication, mutual understanding, and alone time.