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New Era Newspaper Monday March 5, 2018

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8 HEALTH Monday, March 5 2018 | NEW ERA Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Namibian dermatologist Dr Naita Mukete-Nghalipoh has cautioned people to refrain from using second-hand undergarments such as bras, panties and underpants because of health risks. The sale of second-hand clothes including undergarments is a thriving business in Namibia, despite health concerns. Mukete-Nghalipoh, who acknowledges the economic situation as one of the reasons driving lowincome earners to settle for cheap second-hand garments, said people should avoid using such undergarments because of the health risks, as some bacteria are very resistant and can survive harsh conditions for long periods on clothes. “Regular wash may not get rid of some of the bacteria especially those that came from discharge from the body of the previous user,” she said. Mukete-Nghalipoh said that users of second-hand clothes, especially underwear previously used by infected persons, risk contracting vaginal and skin candidiasis, scabies, tinea corporis, gonorrhea, and syphilis, among other infections. However she said the risk of infection is heightened when users fail to properly wash, disinfect and iron those undergarments. Second-hand undergarments cause infections - dermatologist Lucrative business… Customers buying second-hand clothes at a vendor in Katutura. Photo: Emmency Nuukala When New Era visited small businesses selling second-hand clothes in Okuryangava opposite Tobias Hainyeko Primary School, the team discovered the market sells all sorts of clothes at very low prices. “The children’s clothes range between N and N while adult clothes range between N to N,” says Sani Amoomo. Amoomo said because of the garments’ quality, most people, especially low-income earners, than from Chinese shops where quality is compromised. Amoomo, who has been in the second-hand clothes business since 1993, said the penetration of Chinese shops in all corners of Katutura does not pose a threat to her as most of the people prefer buying second-hand garments than the expensive poor-quality clothes from Chinese shops. “Those are quality clothes and I would rather buy them than buy poor-quality stuff from some shops,” said a buyer while sifting through a pile of clothes heaped on the ground. When asked whether she was aware of the health risks, the cus- Nally admitted to being aware of the health risks, adding however that she could not afford buying new quality clothes in shops at a cheaper price. In vi ta tion invi ta SH n Leprosy continues to noun a written or verbal request inviting people to go somewhere or do something PUBLIC INVITATION: NATIONAL STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIONS The Namibia Training Authority’s Mining and Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas, Water Supply, and Sanitation and Health Care and Social Services Industry Skills Committee (ISC) have identified the need to review unit standards and qualifications in the following domains: The NTA has reviewed unit standards and qualifications, registered on National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and now invites all industry stakeholders linked to the above occupational domains to consider and provide input on the reviewed drafts, to assist the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) in their refinement. at NTA Village, Rand Street, Khomasdal (Windhoek). Industry stakeholders are also invited to attend a series of national consultation workshops, as per schedule below, and to confirm attendance before the respective consultative workshop dates. DATE TOWN TIME 20 March 2018 20 March 2018 Rosh Pinah 08h30 – 11h00 14h00 – 16h00 OUTAPI Minister of Health and Social Ser- cases recorded in the country in 2017. The minister made these remarks in a statement presented on his behalf during the national commemoration of World Leprosy Day held at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday. He said one of the 11 cases recorded was in Omusati. He singled out Omusati, Kavango East, Kavango West, Zambezi and Oshana as the regions where early detection of leprosy is ongoing and where those affected have been given treatment right away to diminish the chances of developing deformities. mild, chronic and infectious disease that mainly affects the skin, peripheral nerves and mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract. “It is caused by a germ called Mycobacterium leprae and is most common in conditions of extreme poverty, dirty environment and poor nutrition,” he said. He added that leprosy affects all age groups and both sexes but is more common amongst men. Haufiku said nearly 600 more people are diagnosed with and start treatment for leprosy every day globally, while 213,899 were diagnosed with the disease in the world in 2014 alone. “It is estimated that millions more go ing out that the commemoration provides an opportunity to assess the progress and challenges faced in the ongoing battle against the disease. The theme for this year’s commemoration is, ‘Zero Disability, Working together to prevent girls and boys suffering from this lifelong disability caused by Leprosy’. – Nampa 22 March 2018 Luderitz 08h30 – 13h00 26 March 2018 Tsumeb 08h30 – 13h00 27 March 2018 08h30 – 13h00 29 March 2018 Rundu 08h30 – 13h00 03 April 2018 08h30 – 13h00 522/20/02/2018 04 April 2018 Walvis Bay 08h30 – 13h00 05 April 2018 Swakopmund 08h30 – 13h00 12 April 2018 Windhoek 08h30 – 13h00 Enquiries and confirmations: Leena Akooko, Tel: 061 2078 661 | Cell: 0812328119 | Uanee Kaapama, Tel: 061 2078 580 | Cell: 0812894288 | Of concern… - Photo: Nampa

NEW ERA Nedbank opens branch at Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay Page 10 Top Score introduces new instant pap range Page 11 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Work stoppage on Home Affairs building anticipated to cost N.5 million WINDHOEK Work stoppage at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s new headquarters in Windhoek due to budget cuts could cost the government an extra N.5 million. This was revealed by Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa in the National Assembly on Thursday. “The anticipated extra estimated costs that will accrue as a result of work stoppage due to budget cuts for the project are N,544,171.80,” Mutorwa said. ect is delayed further due to the escalation of prices and all specialised work that are yet to go out on tender. These include the installation of the private automatic branch exchange (PABX) telephone system, joinery, balustrading, signage and landscaping. Mutorwa was responding to queries by Swanu of Namibia parliamentarian, Usutuaije Maamberua. When broken down, the extra construction costs that are expected to accrue include the extension of time claim (preliminaries and general items) which could cost the state N,418,010.39 from 22 June to 6 August 2018. In addition, the extension of time claim on preliminaries and general items could escalate to N,861,094.38 from 7 August 2018 to May 2020, the ministry’s projections indicate. Interest on late payments to the contractor is N,265,067.03. The anticipated cost is inclusive of Bearable oil prices and stronger rand leave March oil prices unchanged Edgar Brandt Windhoek Newly appointed Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo, on prices for March 2018 would remain unchanged at around the N.70 per litre mark. The stability in the fuel price has mainly been attributed to bearable oil prices, which are lingering at around US per barrel, as well as a strengthening Namibia dollar against the US dollar, which is the strongest it has been in the last three years at N.80 during February. are still hovering above US per barrel, a situation sustained only by the OPEC agreement to cut supply in order for some members to balance their budgets, the month of February has not been bad for net importers of oil, like Namibia. The prevailing prices are relatively bearable and we can only add our hopes to those of other importers, particularly in the Out of cash… The envisaged N billion Home Affairs and Immigration headquarters in Windhoek North, one of the major capital projects that have come to a standstill due to budget cuts. As a result, the government will at least have to fork out an extra N.5 million for the building’s completion. Photo: Nampa SACU region, that prices remain stable below the US per barrel threshold for the sake of local fuel pump prices,” said Alweendo in Friday’s statement. He further noted that oil being priced in US dollar, coupled with political events in South Africa, meant that a strengthening currency played a major role during the month. Following the ousting of former president Jacob Zuma in South Africa, an appreciation in the Namibia dollar was recorded from an average of N.40 in January to a favourable N.80 in February. “This means that oil companies have paid less in terms of the local currency in February compared to January to bring fuel to our shores,” said Alweendo. He also announced an increase in the dealer margin for service stations of 3 cents per litre, effective from March 7. However, this adjustment will not affect end-consumers at the pump as it will be offset by recorded over-recoveries in the pricing mechanism. “After the completion of the 2016/17 Dealer Margin Survey, that reviews, annually, the operating cost of a service station against their gross revenues, it was revealed value-added tax, Mutorwa noted. He did not indicate when work on the building in Windhoek North is expected to re-commence. The state-of-the-art headquarters’ initial cost was N billion. This makes it one of the government’s most expensive properties, alongside the N0 million Namibian Police Force headquarters in Ausspannplatz and the N0 million State House administrative building. A total of 570 capital projects were earmarked for implementation dur- work on 320 of these projects has been stopped at various phases. In all these stages, the government has incurred expenses for work done by consultants. - Nampa Fill up… Motorist Akutu Munyika fuels his vehicle at Eureka petrol station, with petrol attendant Charles Kerii assisting. The Ministry of Mines and Energy on Friday announced that fuel prices would remain unchanged for March. Photo: Nampa that service station owners incurred higher costs than they should have This is caused by a combination of increasing overhead costs, stagnant their part,” Alweendo explained. Noks Katjiuongua Dundee appoints new director for asset management Staff Reporter Windhoek In its continuing quest to transform the organisation into a world-class toll smelter, Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb has appointed Noks Katjiuongua as its new director for asset management, as of March 1. Katjiuongua will lead the development of Dundee’s asset management strategy, will be accountable for maintenance, projects, utilities and contractors and will be the site custodian for engineering standards. He brings over 28 years of experience in senior leadership positions, from both the private and public sectors. Katjiuongua has held executive positions such as general manager for ground operations for Air Namibia’s worldwide ground-handling cargo operations, operations director at a junior mining company in Angola, co-owned by the TransHex Group, acting chief execu- was also head of the Engineering Department at Namdeb. Katjiuongua holds a master’s degree in business administration from Herlot-Watt University and a bachelor of engineering (honours) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southampton, both in the United Kingdom. “I have always admired the innovation and impact Dundee products and services have on people’s lives globally and hope to contribute to the company’s continued success and leadership in changing the world,” said Katjiuongua. On the appointment Zebra Kasete, Dundee vice-president and managing director said: “Noks has a solid track record and is a great addition to our diverse, experienced executive leadership team.”

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