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Namibia, Angola collaborate to tackle malaria epidemic

WINDHOEK (Xinhua) -- Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services jointly with its Angolan counterpart are crafting the memorandum of understanding, set to formalize collaboration to strengthen the countries’ ability to fight malaria, said Juliet Kavetuna, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services on Thursday.

According to Kavetuna, the agreement will allow both institutions to better serve citizens and tackle the health problem of malaria epidemic.

“The draft memorandum of understanding on cross border collaboration is ready for submission to the Office of the Attorney General and development partners have been sensitized on the need for supporting Angola with effective malaria control programme,” she said.

Malaria outbreak is a great concern, especially in the northern part of the country and cross-border regions between Angola and Namibia.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister said that an additional 12 million Namibian dollars (0.9 million U.S. dollars) would be required for effective implementation of the response programme on the fight against malaria. So far, only 2 million Namibian dollars (154, 000 U.S. dollars) has been availed by Office of Minister.

The Ministry is set to run a malaria advocacy campaign, scheduled to commence in September 2017 which will entail spray operator training and logistic arrangements including procurement of insecticides and equipment. 


Countrywide survey to measure TB burden in Namibia

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibia’s health ministry will launch the Tuberculosis Disease Prevalence Survey (TB-DPS) in the country on July 13, in the capital Windhoek.

The country’s health Permanent Secretary, Andreas Mwoombola in a statement on Wednesday said the survey’s aim is to measure the burden of TB disease in Namibia in order to identify ways to improve tuberculosis control and ultimately end the TB epidemic.

“The survey will be carried out in 68 areas around the country which were selected to provide a statistically representative sample of the whole country,” he said.

Furthermore, the survey will involve teams being deployed to screen the Namibian population throughout the country.

Namibia’s health ministry will work in collaboration with the other partners like World Health Organization, Namibia Statistics Agency, Institute of Pathology, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a national survey to measure the presence of TB in the population of the country.

Namibia remains among the top five countries in the world with the highest per capita TB disease burden (WHO report 2014).

Furthermore the report revealed that the number of TB cases diagnosed and treated in Namibia has maintained a downward trend from 16,156 cases in 2004 to 9,882 cases in 2014, representing a 39 percent decline during this period.


Namibia lifts ban on poultry imports from Spain

WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) -- Namibia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has lifted the ban on imports of live poultry and poultry products from Spain into Namibia. The lift allows for the commencement of import and in-transit of poultry products and birds from Spain into and through Namibia.

Magreth Kalo, public relations officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Thursday said that the decision to lift the ban comes after Spain’s comprehensive report on effective control measures that the country implemented.

However, according to the Ministry, only products produced from the 2nd of June 2017 can be imported.

The Ministry has called on importers to contact the veterinary services directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry for their import and export plans from Spain.

Meanwhile, the ban of poultry products from South Africa and Belgium still remain in force. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in June 2017 suspended the import of live bird species and poultry products following an outbreak of Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. 


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