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WINDHOEK – Dr Michel Kaswa Kayomo, the director of the National Programme against Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday underscored the importance of Ebola preparedness for all SADC countries. WINDHOEK – The Social Security Commission (SSC) and the University of Namibia (Unam) on Wednesday signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will make collaboration in areas of mutual cooperation in academic, technical, social, cultural, economic and environmental fields. WINDHOEK – SADC health ministers were urged to re-affirm their commitment and pursue efforts to strengthen emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as an integral component of reviving primary health care acceleration. WINDHOEK – The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia (RAAN) hosted a three-day clinical mentorship programme for medical graduates who studied in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China, Algeria and Cuba. WINDHOEK – The Alliance of Churches and Ministries in Namibia (ACM) is of the view that Christians can no longer afford to be silent on rape, gender-based violence and murder that are frequent occurrences in Namibia at the moment. WINDHOEK – The mother of an 11-year-old boy suffering from hydrocephalus, a brain condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain, says the family is struggling to survive. WINDHOEK – Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Lucia Witbooi has called on the Ministry of Basic Education, Arts and Culture to revive the “My Future is My Choice” and “Window of Hope” programmes. WINDHOEK – The mother of the 17-year-old Magdalena Stoffels who was raped and killed on her way to school eight years ago remains hopeful that her daughter’s killer would one day be found. TSUMEB –The #Doitwithafriend social media campaign, an initiative to encourage men to get circumcised, started in Tsumeb with two young men who were circumcised on Friday. WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare plays a critical role in coordinating and implementing the country’s blueprint on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication in collaboration with other ministries, public enterprises and agencies. WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare and the World Food Programme (WFP) country office, yesterday launched the food bank Scope technology that digitises beneficiaries’ registration and captures biometric data, enabling the ministry to serve them better. New Era Senior Journalist Alvine Kapitako this week spoke to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ben Nangombe, on the challenges facing the public health sector. The wide-ranging interview will be published in parts due to space constraints. This is Part 1.