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16 ADVERT Friday, February 23 2018| NEW ERA NEW COURSE WILL TRANSFORM MEDICAL CARE Namibia to produce its own specialist anaesthetists for the first time Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 04 ‘SHOCKING’ SEATBELT FIGURES HELP EXPLAIN ‘NEEDLESS CARNAGE’ ON ROADS Passengers in taxis found to be failing to buckle up Shocking new figures have illustrated why Namibia’s roads continue to be among the most dangerous in the world. The results of a study suggested just one in 10 rear seat passengers used seatbelts, while only two in 10 children had suitable child restraints. Passengers in taxis were also found to be failing to buckle up. The survey by City of Windhoek Professor Kenneth Matengu Life-saving medical care in Namibia will be transformed by a new postgraduate course, which in turn will lead to a dramatic increase in the number of state anaesthetists. The first six students have just started the University of Namibia’s new Masters in Anaesthesia, supported by the highly successful Phoenix Project partnership with Cardiff University in Wales, UK. They will be the first specialist anaesthetists trained in the country. The training will help address an acute shortage of anaesthetists which leaves patients facing long waiting lists for surgery and a lack of specialist care during emergency operations. The students will transform the number of dedicated anaesthetists’ available, building self-sufficiency for the training of specialist anaesthetists in Namibia and improving the quality of patient care. Professor Frednard Gideon, Pro- Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs at UNAM, said: “The start of the training of the anaesthetists is a huge relieve to the health care and pain management delivery in public hospitals in Namibia.” Phoenix Project leader, Professor Judith Hall, of Cardiff University, who herself is a consultant anaesthetist, came up with the idea for the new anaesthesia course and worked with partners at UNAM to develop it. She said: “Surgery can save lives but you can’t have surgery without anaesthesia, and Namibia has so few state anaesthetists. This Masters course will create a new body of professional anaesthetics doctors in Namibia in sufficient numbers to truly transform care.” Police officers was commissioned by the Phoenix Project, a partnership between the University of Namibia (UNAM) and Cardiff University in Wales, UK, as part of a new road safety campaign, alongside NAMPOL. Police said drivers and passengers could drastically reduce their chances of getting killed in an accident - by around 40% - by wearing a seatbelt. Young people between the ages of 16 and 35 are disproportionately at risk, accounting for more than four out of 10 road deaths, while one in 10 deaths are children under 15. The Phoenix Project seatbelt survey in January 2018 saw police inspect 1,690 cars in the Windhoek area, including 1,271 private cars and 419 taxis, to gauge the use of seatbelts and child restraints. The data showed that only 12% of passengers in rear seats buckled up while only two in 10 children aged up to 10 years old were in child restraints/booster seats. The vast majority of cars (92%) had functioning seatbelts and, of the 3,898 people in the surveyed vehicles, 72% were wearing seatbelts. However, this figure dropped to 39% for those in taxis. Professor Kenneth Matengu, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, said: “This survey demonstrates the importance of linking evidence to law enforcement in practice. Together with the relevant stakeholders, UNAM will take steps to change this status quo and save lives.” Cardiff University’s Professor Judith Hall, Phoenix Project leader, said: “The figures for the lack of rear seatbelt and child restraint use are genuinely shocking and a major contributory factor to the needless carnage on Namibia’s roads each year. It’s vital that our campaign gets the message through that people must belt up every trip because seatbelts save lives.” The Phoenix Project is running a road safety campaign alongside UNAM and police with the slogan: Everyone, every ride – seatbelts save lives. EVERYONE, EVERY RIDE: Seatbelts Save Lives.

Friday, February 23 2018 entertainment Thinning Lines’ trailer a hit entertainment NOW! Karabo, One Blood to spice Okakarara Valentines Bash Juline in collab with local artists Collaboration among different artists does not usually come easily. But for Juline Ndahafa Shipena, a local blogger, photography model and stylist based in Lusaka, Zambia, this is destined for the past with her having gone an extra mile to create art forms that involved different artists. more from Juline. Story on page 20

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