6 NEWS Friday, June 16 2017 | NEW ERA Onjuva gets clinic after waiting for 27 years Malakia Nashongo Onjuva After waiting for almost three decades for a new clinic residents of Onjuva and surrounding communities in the Kunene Region recently had their prayers answered when the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku, handed over the new health facility to the community. Haufiku inaugurated the clinic at a ceremony witnessed by hundreds of people who had sought a clinic since independence. Close to 2,000 residents of Onjuva and nearby villages will have access to basic primary health care after the facility was opened by Haufiku at Onuva village. The clinic, which is situated about 230km from Opuwo, was constructed with funds availed by the US government through its embassy in Windhoek According to the Unites States Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas Daughton, the US Defence Department understands that peace depends on basic human needs being met, thus their involvement in a number of projects aimed at meeting basic human needs in Cooperation… The Minister of Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Bernhard Haufiku, and US Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton at the inauguration of Onjuva Clinic in Kunene Region. Namibia and Africa at large. Its construction commenced late in 2009, but work came to a halt in 2011 due to certain legal complications and the availability of funds. In 2016 the health ministry stepped in and provided the remaining funds that enabled the project to be completed this year. The clinic was constructed at a cost in excess of N.7 million of which N million came from the US Department of Defence and the rest from the Namibian government. Health minister Haufiku said his ministry and that of defence reached an agreement to use the Namibian Defence Force helicopter to transport critically ill patients and expecting mothers from Onjuva Clinic to Opuwo District Hospital, as the road network between Onjuva and Opuwo is very bad and it takes one at least more than six hours to reach the hospital by car. * Malakia Nashongo is an information officer working for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Kunene Region. Unhygienic conditions affect kapana sales at Omatala Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya Kapana vendors trading at Omuthiya’s famous Omatala market have bemoaned the dirty state of the marketplace where scores of people make a living selling roasted beef. The bad situation, they attested, has deterred potential customers who consider the meat to be unhealthy. Hence they avowed their support for a new market that the town council intends to build. “Business for us is not going so well because people get discouraged when they want to buy meat as the environment looks dirty and they feel the meat is suspect. Hence we are pinning our hopes high on the envisaged market that will have structures where we can even store our products, as opposed to now whereby we commute to and from home with the meat,” said Nangula Titus. Most of the vendors at Omatala operate from an open area outside the designated space as the place is overcrowded and cannot accommodate all of them. Omatala has been termed the jack all of trades due to it selling all sorts of traditional products. The high influx of vendors from other towns are said to exacerbate the mess as the market is already crowded. In addition, marketers are saying there is a reduction in business mainly due to oversupply. “In general business is going well but the only challenge is people from far coming to sell outside the market, hence this blocks customers to come inside to view and perhaps buy our products,” said Athanasius Nghufilwapo, one of the vendors selling clothes at the market. Meanwhile, the CEO of Omuthiya Town Council, Samuel Mbango, says due to financial constraints the planned construction of a new market will not commence this year. “What we have budgeted for is to fence off the area and then level it. Funds are not enough, but we will proceed when we secure sufficient funds.” He added: “We have tried in vain over the years to secure finance but to no avail. Our hope was with the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development – we have for three years now submitted our proposals but to no avail, so we will just have to keep looking.” The council now intends to relook the plan and come up with a new one, he said without revealing the financial implications of a new plan. KAVANGO EAST REGIONAL COUNCIL VACANCIES ANNOUNCEMENT Post Designation: Senior Administrative Officer Grade 10 Directorate: General Services Division: Administration Section: Auxiliary Duty Station: Rundu Salary Scale: N$ 147 485 xp – N$ 176 895 Transport Allowance: N$ 7 680.00 per annum Housing Allowance: N$ 10 464.00 per annum Informal… Omatala market in Omuthiya Photo: Obrein Simasiku Minimum Requirement: An appropriate National Diploma or equivalent Level 6 plus one (1) year appropriate experience qualification on NQF OR A Grade 12 Certificate on NQF Level 3 plus approximately three (3) years appropriate experience. Closing date: 17 July 2017 Enquiries: Mr. J. M. Kangumbe 066-266000 Ms. L. Nangura 066-266000 To Candidates: i) Applications must be accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae and certified copies of educational qualifications. ii) All Public Servant applicants should send their applications through their O/M/A HR offices and confirmation letters must be attached. iii) All foreign qualifications must be evaluated and letter(s) from Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) to be attached. NB: Applications that do not meet the above criteria or requirements shall not be considered. Application must be submitted on form 156043 and 156094, with certified copies of Identification and Educational qualifications with a comprehensive CV which must be addressed to: The Chief Regional Officer Kavango East Regional Council Private Bag 2124, RUNDU Selma Lukeniko Ya Toivo Ya Shiyagaya DOB: 26/10/1964 DOD: 24/05/2017 Message of Appreciation We, the Shiyagaya family, would like to express our sincere gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to all our relatives, friends, community members and all sympathizers who stood by us during our time of grief of our dearest sister and aunt. Your support and comfort immensely assisted to ease our pain and sorrow. Your spiritual and financial support rendered are appreciated. MAY HER SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.
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