6 NEWS Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA MET to pay N0,000 to families of HWC victims WINDHOEK The families of people killed by wild animals will receive compensation of N0,000 from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, according to the revised Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) Policy. This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Bernadette Jagger, in the National Assembly on Thursday. Jagger was however quick to note the N0,000 in compensation does not necessarily imply the value of human life. “The value of a person’s life cannot be assessed in monetary terms. Life is just life and we are all equal before God,” she said, adding that the money is aimed at assisting the family of a victim with funeral expenses and to re-establish itself. Jagger said the intention of the policy is not to pay for the exact value of livestock or crops lost, but “to offset losses caused to communities or farmers”. Statistics provided by the deputy minister showed that 930 livestock were killed by wild animals in 2016, while 1,421 were killed last year. So far this year, 187 livestock have been killed by wild animals. During the same period, nine people were killed by wild animals in 2016 and six in 2017. So far, four people have been killed in 2018. In the latest incidents, last week a 28-year-old woman and her baby died in a crocodile attack in Kavango East, while a 45-year-old man was attacked and killed by a hippo in the Zambezi Region. Jagger said it pains the ministry when someone dies in such attacks, especially since many of the incidents can be avoided or managed. She said the majority of humanwildlife conflict victims are killed by crocodiles, while they were swimming or washing clothes. “These are incidences that can be avoided,” she said. The policy also makes provision for the establishment and implementation of technical solutions to mitigate humanwildlife conflict, Jagger added. The Human Wildlife Conflict Policy was drawn up after a consultative workshop held by the ministry where the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resource was in attendance, in February 2017. – Nampa Photo: Nampa Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Bernadette Jagger Loide Jason Windhoek The children of the liberation struggle (CLS) have plans of travelling to Angola in August to go to Kwanza Sul to try and reconnect with their past and find peace and closure to the liberation epic. This came to light last Thursday morning when the group paid a courtesy visit to the office of the founding father and the father of the nation Sam Nujoma, to brief him about their plans and also ask his blessings. The group, consisting of about 30 professionals, said reconnecting with the past would make them face a future with healed hearts. The chairperson of the group, ‘Struggle kids’ to go down memory lane Namasiku Lizazi, said for them to realise the trip they have so far held two fundraising braais, one of which took place last year and one last week. Lizazi said they are aware of the negative perception in society about them “but people do not look at the underlying factors to their social behaviours”. “The environment we grew up in was very tough – there was no proper parental guidance and regular displacement occurred due to news of possible attacks on the camps we lived in, which might be some of the underlying psychosocial factors,” he said. She further told the founding father that some of them lost parents at a very tender age due to the war and even their umbilical cords remain separated from the country of birth to country of origin, thus disconnecting them from their very basic foundation. She said the early days of a child’s life are very important because that is when the child’s emotional, social and physical development is laid, which has a direct effect on its overall development and on the adult it will become. “Unfortunately this was not the case with our early childhood because many of us are experiencing nightmares, flashbacks and periods of crippling grief,” said the ‘struggle kid’ who is a chief clerk at parliament. The group’s members were either born in exile or left Namibia at a very young age and grew up in exile during the liberation struggle. Addressing the CLS the father of the nation contributed a sum of N,000 to their trip and urged them to be united in order to fight poverty, which is one the challenges an independent country faces. The founding president said although Namibia is free and independent there are still many challenges facing the country which need to be tackled by all parties. He said the best way to eradicate poverty is to make sure every Namibian child has had schooling, from primary school to university. “Those who have money and are employed must raise money and assist in using it to make sure that Namibia has an educated nation.” He also urged Namibians to strongly fight the boys and men that are beating up their partners and friends over no apparent reason. “The youth boys go to the extent of beating and killing their girlfriends. This is what we must fight. We defeated the white and we can also fight this,” he said. Rangeland Management Windhoek Course presenter: Bertus Kruger Bertus is Technical Advisor for Rangeland Management at Agra ProVision. He boasts 36 years working experience in various aspects of natural resource management, including research, extension, training management and consultancy in rangeland management aspects. 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Monday, April 9 2018 | NEW ERA HEALTH 7 Alvine Kapitako Windhoek The UN resident coordinator Kiki Gbeho on Saturday said access to HIV treatment and essential services has improved in Africa. “For the first time more than half of all people living with HIV in Africa – 14 million people – have access to life-saving HIV treatment,” Gbeho said at the commemoration of World Health Day in Havana. The theme was, “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.” Between 2010 and 2016, new cases of malaria dropped by 20 percent and there were fewer deaths due to malaria, noted Gbeho. In 2010, only three percent of children were vaccinated to prevent pneumonia and meningitis and by 2016 this had risen to 65 percent. “Nearly twothirds of children on the continent Africa improves on access to HIV treatment Reporting progress… The United Nations resident coordinator Kiki Gbeho, speaking at the World Health Day event held in Havana. Photo: Nampa were protected from developing these diseases,” said Gbeho. Moreover, in 2016, the risk of developing pneumonia and meningitis reduced for nearly two-thirds of children on the continent because they were vaccinated compared to only three percent in 2010. In 2012, Africa accounted for over 50 percent of polio cases globally. “The good news is that since August 2016, the region has not reported a case of wild poliovirus,” added Gbeho. She said that much more remains to be done and countries must therefore strive to improve health governance, financing and information systems to ensure better regulation, planning and accountability to their communities and partners. The prospect of drowning in one’s own blood Dr Jones Nghaamwa Windhoek Haemoptysis which refers to the coughing up of blood is usually a symptom of disease (pathology) within the lower breathing circuit (airways), the lungs or systemically. The quantity of blood coughed up varies from small specks of blood in the sputum to large volumes. Massive haemoptysis or coughing up large volumes of blood may compromise the well-being of the individual affected. Coughing up blood needs to be differentiated from vomiting blood or bleeding from the upper airways including from nosebleeds. Underlying disease that may lead to a person coughing up blood are variable. Broadly they can be categorised as: A) Diseases affecting the lower airways B) Diseases of the lung substance C) Disease involving blood vessels to and from the lungs D) Illnesses of the heart E) Others Commonly encountered problems in Namibia are lung infections, structural changes of the lungs as a result of previous lung tuberculosis and lung cancer. Coughing up blood is thus a symptom that should not be ignored. Even small volumes of blood coughed up should prompt the individual to seek medical attention with the aim of investigating and diagnosing the underlying cause. Recurrent coughing up of small amounts of blood may herald an episode involving a significant bleed with large volumes coughed up. Such a massive bout of haemoptysis can result in blood filling the airways of both lungs causing the person to “drown in their own blood”. If large volumes of blood are coughed up in a single bout, the individual’s life is at significant risk. Medical attention should be sought early to prevent potential complications from haemoptysis. Massive haemoptysis is usually dramatic and scary to the individual with the result this category inevitably results in the person presenting to a hospital emergency department. Various investigations are performed to identify the underlying cause. Imaging of the chest (X-rays and CT scanning) is essential for the diagnosis of many of the pathologies that may lead to coughing up blood. Various modalities are used for the treatment of this manifestation (haemoptysis). It is essential that bleeding should be aborted where possible. Importantly, the individual’s life should be safeguarded by protecting his breathing pipes from being obstructed by blood. Treatment considers and is directed to the underlying disease and the prevailing clinical circumstances. In a nutshell, coughing up blood is a sign of potentially serious disease and medical attention should be sought as soon as Dr Jones Nghaamwa possible. When large blood volumes are coughed up, a true medical emergency exists and threat to life is significant. * Dr Jones Nghaamwa is a cardiothoracic, heart and lung surgeon at Windhoek Central Hospital and Lady Pohamba Hospital. 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