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WINDHOEK - Contraceptives are crucial for protecting the health of the youth who, however, often encounter significant barriers to accessing contraceptive information and services. WINDHOEK - Fifty-nine-year old Jacob Kaluvi takes each day as it comes. With little to survive on, the father of five says life in the poverty-stricken informal settlement of Babylon is difficult. WINDHOEK – Health and Social Services Minister Dr Bernard Haufiku says it is unacceptable that Okongo hospital has no doctor, while hospitals at Karasburg and Opuwo only have two each. WINDHOEK- Alcohol and drug abuse is the main cause of 60 to 80 percent of mental health illnesses in Namibia, according to psychiatrist, Dr Lahja Hamunjela of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. WINDHOEK – It was on a sunny Monday afternoon at around 14h00 when this reporter walked into the waiting area of the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) clinic at the Katutura Health Centre. WINDHOEK – The Minister of Economic Planning and the Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze says labour force participation needs to be increased in order to address the high youth unemployment rates and the mismatch in the labour force. WINDHOEK - Recent statistics released by the Ministry of Health and Social Services indicated there are 3,630 cases of hepatitis E virus in seven of the country’s 14 regions. WINDHOEK - There is a large unmet need for contraceptives among Namibian women, with only 50 percent of women having access to contraceptives, says the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). WINDHOEK - There is need to intensify the provision of essential municipal services such as water and sanitation in order to contain the hepatitis E outbreak as more people are being infected by the disease. WINDHOEK – In Namibia, clean water for cooking, drinking and for adopting good hygiene practices is now accessible to more than 84 percent of the population. WINDHOEK – A team of experts consisting of an epidemiologist and a risk communication consultant are currently in the country to assist the Ministry of Health and Social Services through the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office with its response to the hepatitis E epidemic. WINDHOEK – Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna says the country has a long way to go in providing a conducive environment for people with Down syndrome.