• September 24th, 2020


Two more test positive for corona

Two more cases of coronavirus were recorded late yesterday after a 26-years-old man from Walvis Bay and a Malawian national (44) at Katima Mulilo tested positive for the virus. Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula said the Walvis Bay man has no travel history. 


Health allocation falls short of budgetary target

Although the health ministry is allocated about N$7 billion of the country’s N$72. 8 billion budget, the amount falls short of the financial resources necessary to fully implement several of its activities within its programmes, health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula has said. 


Usaid to fork out half a billion on VMMC

WINDHOEK - U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson launched the new Pepfar -funded voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) programme “Safe VMMC” in Namibia a programme that will cost the US aid agency a whopping N$497 140 000 over a five-year period.


Treat infertility with professionalism and empathy - Geingos

WINDHOEK - The First Lady, Monica Geingos, has said infertility in Namibia should be treated like any other health issue: with professionalism, empathy, respect and stigma. “It is not always the women’s fault; men too can struggle with infertility. Couples would not know if they are not both exposed to medical examinations and tests,” explained Geingos.

The ABC of Hepatitis

On Sunday, 28 July 2019, the world will observe World Hepatitis Day in the pursuit to eliminate viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and 325 million people live with the condition globally.

Men’s health: check the basics 

It always amuses me when I see men spending hours in the gym to build (only) big muscles. I see many of them only lifting heavy dumbbells without doing any cardio exercises. Yes, a body with good healthy

Only one case of Congo Fever confirmed

WINDHOEK - Only one case linked to Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.  Three other cases suspected to be of the fever tested negative while two other cases’ results are still pending.  


Support group for people with skin disorders on the cards

WINDHOEK - Nearly one year after attending the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and related skin types conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States, 23-year-old Puveri Tjikuua is starting a similar support group for Namibians living with ichthyosis and other related skin conditions. 

Health Matters 365 with Karin

I’m sure you will agree with me that getting rid of bad habits is not child’s play. A habit cannot be tossed out of the window, neither will it disappear miraculously overnight! Getting rid of bad habits is an “undo-it-yourself” project that needs to be


Health care providers to be trained on GBV

WINDHOEK – The Ministry of Health and Social Services, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), will train health care providers to effectively assist victims and survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). 


Windhoek runs for health

WINDHOEK – As part of the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s 71st anniversary and World Health Day commemoration, which took place earlier this month, the United Nations community in Namibia and stakeholders in the health sector joined the public in the walk/run for health initiative on Saturday. 

Nation not yet out of Hepatitis E woods

WINDHOEK – Namibia is still not out of the woods as far as the Hepatitis E disease is concerned, hence Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula has urged the nation to be aware of potential outbreaks.

Tiny changes, remarkable results

It is widely believed that our habits impact our productivity, financial security, and happiness. At the core of each habit is the habit loop. In this edition we continue to elaborate on why habits exist and how they work, including some understanding of the habit loop.


Fun walk in support of cancer

WINDHOEK – The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN)’s five-kilometre family fun walk in Windhoek attracted over 100 people, who braced the windy Saturday morning in support of cancer. 


Putting a smile on kids with facial deformities

WINDHOEK - The Nampharm Foundation Trust has operated on over 100 children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate, putting not only a smile on these young lives but also resulting in speech enhancement for these children. 

Shangula chronicles country’s success in healthcare

WINDHOEK- Minister of Health and Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula last week in Parliament put a spotlight on the country’s achievements in the health sector, saying that the ministry has made remarkable strides over the year in achieving health and social well-being of the Namibian people.

WHO calls for special attention on diabetes and cancer

WINDHOEK - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses says the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension requires special attention.    Almost 50 percent of Namibians are hypertensive which is a major risk to stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, emphasised Sagoe-Moses.  

Tell the nation the truth, Cornelius Weyulu

The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia (RAAN) is deeply aggrieved by your statement concerning the performance of foreign-trained medical graduates in the contested Pre-Internship test.  Your statement, and by extension that of the Health

New dumpsite for Katima a ‘health hazard’

KATIMA MULILO - The new temporary dumpsite being used by the Katima Mulilo Town Council (KMTC) has raised eyebrows at the north eastern town, with many residents considering it a health hazard due to its proximity to residential areas and its lack of an environmental clearance certificate. 


The psychology of setting realistic goals

WINDHOEK – It is a tradition that at the beginning of each year, some people set new year’s resolutions.   Be it individual or corporate, these goals are generally aimed at guiding people on the path to attaining their goals for the new year.  


‘Nothing can stop you … but yourself’

WINDHOEK – “As long as you set goals for yourself, nothing can stop you, except yourself. Nothing comes easy but if you know what you want to become, you can achieve that through hard work, dedication and commitment,” were the words of a young medical graduate who obtained a Bachelor of General Medicine and Surgery (MD), from the Kursk State Medical University in Russia.

Distance discourages Mix residents from collecting ARVs

WINDHOEK –HIV positive residents of the Mix informal settlement which is located some 20 kilometers north of Windhoek say the lack of transport fare to travel to Windhoek is one of the reasons some fail to collect their anti-retroviral (ARVs) drugs, thus compromising their health. 

Waste harms environment, wildlife - Shifeta

WINDHOEK - As part of his festive season message to travellers and visitors alike, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta says litter and irresponsible waste disposal creates an eye sore, unattractive environment and is hazardous to wildlife and a risk to people’s health and wellbeing.

Behaviour change needed for Hepatitis E

WINDHOEK - An epidemiologist from Uganda who spent two months in Namibia on a mission to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services and the World Health Organisation (WHO) country office to support the Hepatitis E response says behaviour change is needed to stop the spread of the disease.

Stigma a setback to efforts to contain HIV

OSHIVELO - The councillor of Nehale Lya Mpingana, Leevi Reinholdt, is of the view that if stigma and discrimination is not addressed urgently among communities, it will erode the efforts made so far to fight and ensure many people get tested for HIV/AIDs.


Nangombe lets it rip on public health

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.


St. Mary’s Health Centre helps children living with HIV

ODIBO - In Namibia, teen clubs help provide adolescents who live with HIV a positive space to gather socially—and help health centres reach the growing number of HIV-positive teenagers who need emotional and psychological support in addition to medical treatment. Odibo Health Centre established a teen club in 2013 to better meet the unique needs of


Uncollected Katima rubbish a health hazard

KATIMA MULILO - Uncollected piles of rubbish continues to pose a health hazard in Katima Mulilo after the town council nullified the refuse collection tender early last month, after it was ordered to re-advertise the rubbish tender by the Procurement Review Panel.


Clinical mentorship programme for medical students

WINDHOEK – The Russian Alumni Association of Namibia is hosting a three-day mentorship programme at the University of Namibia (Unam)’s Dr Hage Geingob Campus in November. The mentorship programme themed ‘Your gateway into Namibia’s health profession’ will take place from 8 to 10 November. 


Skin Lightening

It is widely accepted among scientists that all humans share a common ancestor and due to evolutionary pressure, following migration to the north and southern hemispheres with different climate conditions and UV light exposure, our skin colour changed to adapt to the relevant level of UV light with altered melanin levels in the skin, this simply to maximise survival chances and perpetuation of our species. 


Student nurses donate towels to maternity ward

RUNDU – The Rundu Intermediate Hospital’s maternity ward was the recipient of 227 towels from final-year nursing students, which will be used by nurses to wrap newborn babies straight after birth before wrapping them in a blanket. This is to maintain a healthy temperature as newborns can lose a lot of heat very quickly.


Skin self-care routine

A number of studies have shown a direct relationship between looks and earnings, with some papers even claiming that “more beautiful” people earn up to 40 percent more. I will deal with the scientific concept of beauty in one of my future articles. 


WHO impressed with Namibia’s malaria battle

WINDHOEK - The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended Namibia for having made tremendous progress over the last two decades in its quest to reduce the malaria burden, though in the same breath the UN agency said resistance to anti-malaria drugs remains a challenge.


SADC undertakes to eliminate malaria

WINDHOEK - The 38th Summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government has affirmed to place on its agenda the elimination of malaria in the region. SADC heads of state and government have decided to make elimination one of the priority projects in the region in order to eliminate the disease, according to the official communiqué of the summit.

Fighting non-communicable diseases require political will

WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the response to non-communicable diseases calls for development and implementation of policies and laws that address the risk factors. It also calls for strengthening of the health system to be able to offer patient-centered services across the spectrum of prevention, early detection, treatment and palliative care, added the Prime Minister.