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New Era Newspaper Friday May 11, 2018

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2 Friday 11 May 2018 NEW ERA NEWS specialists From page 1 Outgoing Unam Vice- Chancellor Lazarus Hangula told Geingob during the naming ceremony that although the school of medicine has managed to acquire some of the most advanced medical equipment, some gaps still need to be addressed. Hangula said that in developed countries medical schools play a critical role as final referral centres because medical schools do have the best medical and health specialists and thus are well resourced. Hangula argued that if the Namibian medical school is to play that important role as a national referral centre, there is a need for the government to make additional resources available so that the necessary equipment and related facilities are put in place. He says this is not only necessary for the provision of specialised medical and health services to the public but also for training young medical doctors and those who wish to be further trained at master’s degree level to become specialists. W i t h o u t g i v i n g estimates of the muchneeded funds, Hangula said additional resources would also be needed for the maintenance of the equipment. He said the new building complex is also expected to provide medical and health services to the public. He noted that Unam has only accomplished phases 1 and 2 and that two or three additional phases are still to be done in order to complete the infrastructural master plan for the campus. “It would be very sad to see these state-ofthe-art facilities become dilapidated within a few years due to poor maintenance because of lack of funding. This is my honest plea to you, Mr President, that special considerations are made when it comes to allocating funding to Unam for additional resources, to be provided either through our line ministry [higher education] or the Ministry of Health and Social Services, specifically for the school of medicine,” he pleaded. He wished for medical doctors and other health professionals to be well trained and exposed to modern medicine considering that the world today faces serious health challenges affecting humanity, never seen before. Thus, he says, Namibia must be ready at all times should emergencies or any health threats come its way. Equally, he revealed the school of dentistry is still at an infant stage, saying the first intake is in the class, the space is available and that some of Unam’s partner institutions are ready to send some of their already paid staff to come and lecture. However, he said, they need additional dental chairs not only to meet all the training requirements of the Medical and Dental Council but also to become a centre of excellence in dental treatment, care and research in the SADC region. The faculty dean of the Hage Geingob Campus, Peter Nyarongo, said sending students abroad at a cost of N million annually is discounting human lives lost during their four to five years’ absence or the harm the health sector suffers as a result of loss of their service. “[This is] besides the salary we continue to pay during their training in host countries where they offer free quality healthcare services while undergoing training. Cumulatively, Namibia would have offered supplementary funding amounting to N9 million by the time these doctors return to the country, if they do. While carrying your name Mr President, beginning 2019, as we introduce more postgraduate programmes on this Hage Geingob Campus the net savings will grow annually by N million to peak at N0 million in 2021 annually,” Nyarongo said. Usakos From page 1 is mainly planned for the distribution of fuel and gas products to countries such as Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. “We can confirm that MDL International has already commenced with phase one, which is the establishment of the logistics centre at the town of Usakos. Phase two, which will involve the construction of the actual storage terminal, will commence during the course of this year,” explained Mutjavikua. The construction of the storage facility will take about 18 months and work on the temporary logistics base at the town aUsikU From page 1 besides persistent problems with human-wildlife conflict, communal land administration and illegal fencing of land. “Traditional authorities [are] allocating commonage areas to private individuals as farms, without consulting the affected communities that use the areas for grazing,” she said. “Furthermore, most of the inhabitants living along the Kavango River do not have safe drinking water and they depend on the river to draw water. Thus, there’s a need to construct a water pipeline along our national roads in the region,” she said in her fourth annual address on the state of development in the region. She said the region had last year presented Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila with a document on the developmental needs deemed important. The region asked that the government ombUdsman From page 1 Ya Toivo was among seven resettlement beneficiaries allocated resettlement farms in March this year. Ya Toivo was allocated a farm measuring 2,376 hectares in the Omaheke Region, barely two weeks after the farms were advertised in local newspapers for allocation. This raised eyebrows, with critics, specifically AR, questioning why Ya Toivo, who is not previously disadvantaged, as is a requirement, was allocated a resettlement farm. The Ministry of Land Reform has in the past been reluctant to release the master resettlement list, despite accusations and suspicions by land activists last year that since the beginning of the resettlement has already created about 120 direct and indirect jobs. The project falls within the government’s strategic plan to align the country as a strategic logistics hub and gateway to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for trade by the year 2022. Fuel and gas imports will be transported from the port of Walvis Bay and stored at the facility before being transported to other SADC member states. Usakos lies on the banks of the Khan River, some 140 kilometres north-east of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region. It is located on the B2 Trans-Kalahari Highway, the main road between the port of Walvis Bay and Johannesburg, South Africa. align its development budget with the needs presented by the region. “However, it is disappointing to note that most [government ministries] did not consider our priority projects and programmes like the regional government office park, the district hospital, a fully fledged secondary school with a hostel in Nkurenkuru, and one of our strategic (feeder) roads D3446 and many others. All these projects, except the district hospital, are also not in the current Medium Term Expenditure Framework,” Ausiku stressed. Ausiku in a strong voice told the gathered community and the regional leadership that although the region is faced with these many challenges they are not insurmountable. “As I stated last year I am once again appealing to the inhabitants of Kavango West Region to remain patient and persistent to enable us to achieve our desired goal of developing this region towards prosperity.” She also said there has been programme politically-connected individuals have been favoured for resettlement. New Era’s questions on the subject, sent five weeks ago to the ministry’s permanent secretary Peter Amutenya, have not been answered to date. The ministry’s spokesperson Chrispin Matongela consistently said that Amutenya was “busy”. In a letter to AR activist Job Amupanda on Wednesday, Walters said his office had decided to launch a systemic investigation into the complaints regarding the alleged unfair allocation of farming units by the Ministry of Land Reform. “Your complaint is included in the investigation,” he said. “The systemic investigation will be guided by the master list of beneficiaries, which we requested Usakos’s current unemployment rate is reported to be around 60 per cent, and the town has not seen sustainable development since Namibia attained independence from South Africa in 1990. Usakos was downgraded from a municipality to town status in 2010, and is now governed by a town council. The town has about 3,000 inhabitants and occupies approximately 58 square kilometres of land. MDL, which started its operations in Namibia in 1998, provides integrated shipping and logistics solutions to the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors. It is headquartered in Windhoek. – Nampa some positive developments in the form of government ministries and agencies that have set up offices in Nkurenkuru as requested by the regional council. “I have to report that 22 government offices and agencies are operating from Nkurenkuru. Importantly most, if not all, are renting office accommodation from some of our local entrepreneurs and this is helping to stimulate our local economy to grow,” Ausiku said. She said the Nkurenkuru Town Council has allocated plots to all governmenmt ministries although most of them have not yet formalised the process of applying and paying for these plots. “We are appealing to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Land Reform to follow suit,” she said. from the Ministry of Land Reform. We will inform you of the progress of the investigation,” he added. Walters, speaking to New Era, appeared optimistic that the ministry would provide his office with the master list of beneficiaries. “I spoke to the permanent secretary [Peter Amutenya] and he has promised to cooperate,” said Walters in a telephonic interview. According to Walters the resettlement issue is not the only case regarding land his office is investigating. He said his office is also investigating why it is taking long for people to occupy the thousands of mass housing programme houses standing empty across the country. Likewise, he said, his office is investigating why it is taking long for cases involving police officers to be resolved. 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Friday 11 May 2018 NEW ERA NEWS 3 Nurses exposed to job stresses - study •Alvine Kapitako WINDHOEK - The heavy workload that nurses face has a negative impact on their health, including burnout which results in high levels of job stress and in the long run negatively affects how the public view nurses, a study by the University of Namibia (UNAM) found. At the International Nurses Day’ event held at UNAM on Wednesday, psychology lecturer Wesley Pieters announced results of a recent study, titled ‘Improving general health and reducing burnout of nurses in Namibia’. Pieters, who coauthored the report, said the study found that nurses suffer from anxiety and insomnia due to the •Nuusita Ashipala & Selma Ikela ONGWEDIVA - A former bodyguard of Founding President Sam Nujoma has drawn parallels between the elder statesman’s role in leading Namibia to independence with that of the biblical Moses, who led the exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. Nepando Amupanda, an aide to Nujoma since 1982 until the former President left State House in 2005, heaped praises on his former boss, who turns 89 tomorrow. “I call him the Moses of Namibia,” Amupanda said in an interview with New Era. “I call him that because he took and led from a dark and difficult [colonial]. He led from exile and we fought the biggest colonial master in Namibia and the whole of the continent,” he told us. “Back then we could not go anywhere without a ‘pass’ from Ondangwa but now you get up, get your I.D. and if you have a car, you fill it up and drive straight to Keetmanshoop or Grünau without intimidating questions. This is true independence.” “We are playing with our independence - especially young people who should actually high workload. They worry so much on how they are going to execute their jobs and this leads to anxiety and insomnia, revealed Pieters. As a result of burnout, some nurses find it difficult to interact effectively with their clients (patients) who in turn have a negative perception of these health workers. Due to the immense pressure on nurses, some end up making mistakes because of the stress while others resort to “taking selfies and updating profiles” during work hours. “It impacts on health seeking behaviours,” added Pieters. In Namibia, nurses make up 80 per cent of the health workers, be preserving it well. We are setting people against each other, insulting people on Facebook, insulting elders. Let us take an example from the Founding Father, he respects everyone, whether young or old.” Nujoma’s birthday bash, scheduled for his birth village of Etunda in Omusati Region, will be held under the theme ‘Building the Future Through Solidarity’. Organisers, led by former Prime Minister Nahas Angula, say the theme seeks to unite Namibians towards the fight against social and economic injustice. For his last septuagenarian birthday, Nujoma returns to Etunda, where he was Nurses performing the midwife dance. Photos: Alvine Kapitako added Pieters. “There is a high demand for nurses in Namibia and until we address the staff shortage, nurses will continue to experience burnout,” said Pieters, adding that the challenges that nurses face are predominantly part of the workload. In addition, Pieters said due to the nature of their work, nurses are confronted with strenuous conditions such as the death of patients and people suffering immensely. E q u a l l y , n u r s e s experience happy memories such as the birth of a child. All of these have an impact on nurses, added Pieters. The study recommends that nurses be provided with educational and stress management programmes to help them to cope with stress. “Health is a human right. In order for nurses to help others they should look after their own health,” Pieters said. The event was attended by nursing students from UNAM and the International University of Management as well their lecturers. Speakers who took to the podium reminded the nurses and student nurses to remain caring despite difficulties that they may encounter on the job. Chaplain at UNAM, André Anthonissen told the student nurses to be the light. “Let us never forget that we are just born on 12 May 1929. Angula, chairperson of the Nujoma Foundation, which is organising the event, said the theme was deliberately chosen for Namibians to unite and hold hands for a better Namibia. He said the theme was particularly also chosen to celebrate the life of the legendary Nujoma. “If we are to win the struggle against poverty, marginalisation, underdevelopment we need unity and solidarity. We are therefore, expressing solidarity with the unemployed young people, the old people and the workers,” Angula stated. W e s l e y P i e t e r s , Psychology Lecturer. servant. Serving is action. Nursing is not a business it is a mission. It is always a calling never a job,” Anthonissen told students. International Nurses Day is celebrated globally on 12 May. The national theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead-health is a human right’. The student nurses also read poems and performed dramas. Ex-guard describes Nujoma as ‘Moses of Namibia’ A long way…Nepando Amupanda standing behind Founding President Sam Nujoma and former South Africa President Frederik Willem de Klerk at independence in 1990. Photo: Getty Images He said the birthday celebration also spares a moment to recall Nujoma’s bravery for mobilising and leading the Namibian masses through the bitter struggle of apartheid. The main event will be preceded by ‘Ohungi’, a come-together at the fire place led by semi-retired politician Ben Amathila who will lead a discussion recollecting the bitter years of the struggle. Angula said there will also be a presentation by pioneers, children born in the struggle to rekindle the spirit of the yesteryears. The two presentations will then be followed by cultural dances, music, poetry and traditional storytelling which will last until late into the night. Angula also used the opportunity to appeal to patriotic Namibians to support the establishment of the Sam Nujoma Foundation Centre, envisaged to be constructed in Windhoek. “We have the drawings, cost of the centre and the erven where it is supposed to be put up, but we do not have the resources and money,” said Angula. Apart from Nujoma, who will take the podium to address those present at his birthday party, President Hage Geingob is also expected to deliver a birthday message. Israelis plan desalination plant for Erongo •Eveline de Klerk SWAKOPMUND - Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said a second desalination plant is in the pipeline for the region, with the assistance of private investors from Israel. He said plans are at an advance stage to set up the plant in Swakopmund in due course. Private Israeli investors are also keen in assisting Namibia to set up a green scheme project in the desert. Erongo is home to another desalination plant, owned by French company Areva. Mutjavikua revealed this during his State of the Region Address on Tuesday, attended by residents, councillors and both public and private officials. The governor indicated that the council is currently in consultations with the investors to set up a desert irrigation plant that will also ensure food security and at the same time solve Erongo’s water woes. According to Mutjavikua, consultations for the project are done through the Office of the President, to realise a speedy implementation of the ambitious yet costly project. The cost of the project was not revealed. “If everything goes according to plan we will set up the second desalination plant also at Wlotzkasbaken and create an agricultural belt that will carry water from there to Omaruru. Omaruru has been identified as the central area for crop production in Erongo,” he said. He added several agricultural stations would also be created along the belt at rural settlements such as Omatjete and Otjimbingwe. According to Mutjavikua, Erongo have been experiencing challenges in terms of the availability of sufficient water and hampered the successful implementation of projects aimed at sustainability and food security. He says such projects never materialised due to water constraints, as boreholes drilled could also not deliver water. “As you know we wanted to set up a Date and Olive project in Okombahe and Otjimbingwe but could not find water despite drilling so many boreholes. Hence, we turn our focus to the ocean and the desert to ensure food security by setting up another desalination plant,” Mutjavikua said. He added that the investors are keen to invest and assist Namibia. “Our investors are keen to assist Namibia, as they did in South Africa. We will make sure that this does not remain a dream but becomes a reality.”

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