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New Era Newspaper Monday November 20, 2017

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6 NEWS Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA Prematurity a leading cause of infant deaths Helvy Shaanika Oshakati Prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five. This was said during Namibia’s first commemoration of World Prematurity Day at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on Friday. Oshakati West Constituency Councillor Johannes Andreas said out of 15 million babies born every year, at least one million die as a result of premature birth. In Namibia too many infants lose their lives as they were born before the complete pregnancy term of nine months. It is for that reason Oshana Region commemorated the day under a theme ‘Saving Premature Babies Through Kangaroo Mother Care’. Kangaroo Mother Care is a method of care practiced on babies, usually born on a pre-term, where the infant is held skin-to-skin with its mother, father, or substitute caregiver. Studies show that skin-to-skin holding stabilises the heart and respiratory rates, improves oxygen saturation rates, better regulates an infant’s body temperature and conserves a baby’s calories. Kangaroo Mother Care was thus found to be very effective in many ways when it comes to the growth of the baby. According to Oshana regional health director Johanna Haimene, the public is still not aware of the scale of the problem and the risks involved in preterm births, despite of the high numbers of premature infants born. “November 17, I learned was designated a few years ago as World Prematurity Day by a group of parents in Europe, who wanted to create awareness for preterm children and their families. It has gained momentum and became a worldwide awareness event over the past eight years. “This day aims to raise awareness on the challenges of preterm [birth] and to make a difference for preterm families. It aims at encouraging research into the cause of prematurity and improve quality care and treatment for these children,” Haimene said. Teenage pregnancy, maternal infections, maternal medical illnesses, multiple pregnancy, previous preterm baby, stress and substance-use are the noted common causes of premature births. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that premature babies can be saved if mothers get quality early antenatal care and when in labour trained health workers give adequate care. Babies born before the full birth term also need Kangaroo Mother Care, good nutrition from exclusive breastfeeding, as well as assistance from trained health workers to help the baby breathe. Infections to new-borns also need to be prevented by employing good hygiene that Childhood development… Mothers hold their babies at the World Prematurity Day event at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital on Friday. Photo: Helvy Shaanika includes regular hand washing and when they Mothers who delivered premature babies occur such infections need to be treated with in the past also attended the event, gave their antibiotics as early as possible. testimonies, and encouraged other mothers At present, there are about 60 mothers that preterm babies can indeed survive and nursing their preterm babies in Oshakati lead normal and healthy lives if they are cared Hospital. for at an early stage. Not impressed… Concerned community members next to the hostel foundation, which has been abandoned because of budgetary constraints. Photo: Aron Mushaukwa Builder abandons construction site for Luhonono hostel Aron Mushaukwa Luhonono Community members at Luhonono in the Kabbe North of the Zambezi Region have expressed disappointment over the delay in constructing a school hostel at Schuckmansburg Combined School. Although earthworks and the digging of the foundation were done in November last year, the constructor has not been on site and all construction work stopped in March. The community is worried that it will take years before the constructor returns to the site to finish the work. “They demolished two permanent classrooms when they started with the foundation and they said they were going to construct them immediately, but since March we have not seen them again. “The community had to construct temporary structures for our children to attended classes, which is not safe, as when it is cold our children are shivering and when it is hot they burn,” said one of the residents of the area. They further said the foundation has become unsafe for the community and with the commencing of the rainy season, it has come a breeding area for mosquitos. “Our children are at this school, our teachers are here. Is that what the Ministry of Health says? What medicine are we going to pour in there? Nothing. So, we are afraid for our children and teachers regarding the foundation,” said another Luhonono resident. “At one time a dog fell in the foundation and died, until it started smelling that is when we discovered that a dog fell in. We had to instruct kids to pull it out,” he said. Community members are also concerned that electricity was disconnected to some of the teachers’ temporary structures, which were also demolished to make way for the construction of the hostel. They had to build new houses for the teachers, but were told by Nored that to reconnect the electricity an amount of N,000 had to be paid. Contacted for comment Kabbe North Constituency Councillor Peter Mwala revealed that the construction of the hostel was put on hold because there is no money. He added that the regional council was working to secure funds to complete the hostel. He said there was no set period for completion of the project though, as it depends on when the funds will be available. Okakarara to wants reclaim undeveloped plots Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Okakarara Town Council has embarked on a plan to reclaim plots that were awarded to residents who have failed to fulfil their financial obligations by developing the residential plots. The Chief Executive Officer of Okakarara Town Council, Ehrnst Katjiku, on Thursday said the municipality would have to repossess plots, worth an estimated N.5 million. There are three categories of people who stand a chance to lose their erven: those who were awarded plots but did not pay anything; those who paid deposits but failed to pay instalments; while the third category includes people who paid a deposit and instalments but failed to keep up with their instalments. Katjiku said those who have made some payments and were unable to continue wouls not be refunded, as that was part of the contract. At least 45 plots may be reclaimed by the town council, if the affected people who acquired the erven do not pay, or make arrangements. Katjiku further said that some people are renting town council houses without paying for rent, water or electricity. “We have urged them to enter into a lease agreement, so that they can start paying for those services,” he said. However, since the announcement was made in July, only few people were forthcoming, Katjiku noted. “People say we have failed to develop the town, but they are hindering development by failing to honour their obligations. There is money; it’s just people [are] sitting on our money,” he insisted. There is a list of people waiting to be awarded land, but the council cannot because others are failing to pay for the plots they have already been awarded, Katjiku complained. The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS... Contact us: Tel: +264 61 208 0800 | Website:

Monday, November 20 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Psychiatric patient goes missing from home Staff reporter Windhoek Family members of a 27-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Otjomuise earlier this month are searching for her and requesting the public to assist in tracing her. The missing woman has been identified as Apolonia Mpingana Sheehama, who went missing from Erf 3814, House no 8 in Mutchen Street in Windhoek on November 4. Efforts by her mother and family members to trace her have so far proven fruitless. Sheehama is a psychiatric patient and sometimes travels out of Windhoek. According to her sister, Elizabeth Sheehama, her sister has defaulted her medication previously after she went missing and is on her final warning. Hence, the need to find her. Elizabeth said her sister does not normally return home by herself and travels out of Windhoek. The family is frantically trying to find her. “At times she wouldn’t know where is she,” remarked Elizabeth, who pleaded with the public to contact the family immediately if they see her in any town in Namibia. According to the police report, Sheehama is Oshiwambo-speaking person. She also speaks English, Afrikaans, Damara/Nama and Portuguese. She is slender built and has a height of 1,6 metres, is brown in complexion and had long, brown Brazilian hair in. She was last seen wearing a blue knee-length dress and was carrying three yellow big files, as she was going to attend training in Hochland Park. Her sister however says she didn’t reach the venue. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is requested to urgently contact her mother Selma Gotlieb at 081-2781282, or her sister Elizabeth on 081-1499087 or the nearest police Photo: Nuusita Ashipala A helping hand… San inmates received clothing from the Office of the President. Marginalised inmates neglected by families Nuusita Ashipala Eenhana Marginalised trialawaiting inmates from the San community at Eenhana and Okongo police holding cells received clothes and counselling through the Office of the President last week. There are currently 25 trialawaiting San inmates at Okongo and Eenhana, one of which is female. Apart from the clothing donation, the inmates were also cautioned against the excessive use of alcohol, as it is seen as a contributing factor leading to their arrest. Speaking on behalf of the inmates, one who only identified himself as Shiweda claimed that although they were not being discriminated against in custody their families have abandoned them. Shiweda said their families do not visit and do not pay for bail when it is granted by court. “Some of our families are deceased; others are pensioners, so no one visits. Hence, we only get assistance from fellow inmates. Those who are released leave their items behind for us,” said Shiweda. He applauded the police for always responding to their requests, including escorting them to seek medical help, when needed. Welcoming the delegation, Chief Inspector El- Salvador Ndeunyema applauded the Office of the President for the initiative to counsel the marginalised inmates. “They are our people, we need to take care of them,” he said. Ndeunyema further said the majority of the San inmates were arrested for cases of assault as a result of excessive abuse of alcohol. He said cases of assault amount to at least 90 percent of the crimes reported in the region, totalling over 500 cases reported between January and October. Puleinge Tomas, a development planner of the marginalised communities in the Office of the President said he was pleased with the report given by the inmates and encouraged them to always liaise with the relevant offices for assistance. The Weekend DISCOUNTER To advertise into the Weekend Discounter, talk to me and I will offer you the lowest competitive price. New Era will OFFER the client with the exact discount the client offers to their customers. For products such as, “you buy 1 and get 1 free”, New Era will OFFER you 50% discount on advertising rates Bernadette Nyambe Sales & Marketing Executive Contact me: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 Email:

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