6 NEWS Thursday, February 22 2018 | NEW ERA Alvine Kapitako Opuwo The maternity waiting home is a dream come true The Kazetjindire Angelika Muharukua maternity waiting home at Opuwo is a dream come true for the women of Kunene, who were used to travelling long distances to give birth, or otherwise had to do so at home. But the maternity shelter will now allow expectant mothers to move closer to the Opuwo hospital, where they can live while receiving professional care as they wait for the delivery of the child. “Our expectation is that this maternity waiting room will make it easier for pregnant women in the region to access care at the time of delivery and after birth for themselves and their newborns,” said the WHO country representative, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses. The Kunene Region has the lowest proportion of pregnant women delivering in health facilities, according to the 2013 Demographic and Health survey. Additionally, the region is presented with unique and compounding challenges that make access to health care impossible for some rural communities. Extreme poverty, long distances to healthcare facilities and low health-seeking behaviours are some of the challenges. The construction of the N million shelter, which is a stone’s throw from the Opuwo hospital, was made possible by the European Union through the Programme for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PARMaCM), the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health and Social Services. “Only a year ago this seemed like an impossible dream,” said Sagoe- Up and running… Some of the beds in the Kazetjindire Angelika Muharukua maternity waiting home. supported through PARMaCM, which funding came to an end in February 2017. This would have a positive impact on the lives of the women, children and community in the region, Sagoe- Moses added. “The house is here. The goodwill is here. Please, all those from the hospital be kind to the women and help them to deliver a healthy future for Namibia,” said Jana Hybaskova, the ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia. Jennely Matundu, a relative of the late governor Muharukua, said the family was consulted on the decision to name the maternity waiting home after Muharukua. She also expressed gratitude that the shelter was named after Muharukua, saying: “It is a pity that she is not here today to witness her dream come true.” Muharukwa was disturbed by how women delivered ‘on the streets of Opuwo’ because they could not make it to the hospital on time. That motivated her to avail her house in Opuwo to expecting mothers who travelled from far to camp at her house well in advance while waiting to give birth, explained Matundu. “She allowed most expectant mothers to camp in her yard to avoid the scandal of giving birth on the streets. Until today there are people at her house waiting for their delivery date,” stated Matundu. The Minister of Health and Social reality. The idea of constructing a maternity waiting shelter in Kunene has been long coming, noted the minister. Haufiku commended the construction company for completing the building in a relatively short time. the facility by next week. PARMaCM was primarily implemented in the health districts of Okongo, Outapi, Opuwo, Katima Mulilo, Gobabis and Keetmanshoop. Present… World Health Organisation’s country representative, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses, and the EU ambassador Jana Hybaskova at the launch of the maternity waiting home. Photos: Alvine Kapitako Chatting… Opuwo mayor Albert Tjiuma shares a light moment with Sheefeni primary receives electricity, computer lab VACANCIES The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (“NAMFISA; the Authority”) is an independent institution established by virtue of Act No. 3 of 2001 to effectively regulate and candidates to apply for the following positions: Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The manager of Knight Piesold Consulting, Lukas Naanda, is of the view that the private sector needs to come on board in helping schools have access to electricity. Naanda made the remarks at the handing over of computer equipment and electricity to Sheefeni Primary School in Eengodhi constituency. The Oshikoto Regional Council through a public-private partnership (PPP) with LI Architects, Power Consult and Asher Consulting Services, contributed over N3,000 to electrify the school. The surplus was used to purchase the computers, photocopy machines and printer, with an additional N,300 contributed by parents. “This is one step closer to getting rural schools on par with the rest of established schools in the country. Education is key for us to successfully address the problems we are faced with in the world of today. It is key in raising families out of poverty, as well as to solve the in our societies,” said Naanda. He said as the private sector they cannot leave the government to do everything on its own. Sharing the same sentiments was the governor of Oshikoto, Henock Kankoshi, in a speech read on his behalf by the special adviser Erwin Nashikaku, saying that education is the driving pillar of nation-building and development. “This is a sector which is at the heart of empowerment, prosperity and success of individuals and nations alike, hence I would like to thank the government for laying a strong educational foundation by making education free and accessible to all Namibian children,” stressed Kankoshi. Kankoshi further highlighted that there is a direct linkage between electricity and the use of electronic equipment as they work hand in hand. “Without electricity there is no way the school and learners can make use of computers and photocopy machines, hence the provision of electricity at the school now creates an enabling environment for effective learning,” said Kankoshi, while in the same vein cautioning learners and teachers to guard the equipment against vandalism.
Thursday, February 22 2018 | NEW ERA 7 Emmency Nuukala, Selma Ikela and John Muyamba New US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson presented her credentials to President Hage Geingob, at a ceremony held at State House yesterday. They are both seen here sharing a toast. Residents resorted to fetching water from the Kavango River. The town had its water connection disconnected over massive debts owed to Namwater, the state owned national water utility corporation. A 10-year-old girl assists her mother after school to sell second-hand clothing in Okuryangava. Her mother sells the clothes for as little as N. The clothes are sourced from South Africa. Boeti, a resident of Usakos, scavenges through municipal bins for plastic bottles which is sold to children and residents for N. Memorial Service The memorial service of our dearly departed daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and teacher, Eunice Theresia ‘Nina’ Mayumbelo will take place as follows. Rather than spend time drinking alcohol all day, as some youth do, these young people of Ovitoto, a settlement in the Otjozondjupa Region, spend their after school time practicing their soccer skills. 1 st Memorial Service: Friday, 23 February 2018 Venue: David Bezuidenhout High School, Time: 11H00 Contact Person: Mr Nyambe Mutelo: 0812266144 2 nd Memorial Service: Saturday, 24 February 2018 Venue: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Roman Catholic Church, Windhoek, Time: 13H30 Burial will follow @ Gammams Cemetery, Pionierspark. Students from the University of Namibia count money yesterday outside the the bail of their fellow student, Simon Shoongeleni, who is accused of fatally stabbing a teenage boy for harassing him over N on Monday this week. Contact People: 1. Mr George Mayumbelo: 0811223925 2. Mr Alfred Ilukena: 0811221513 3. Mr Raymond Simanga: 0812703966 Thank you family and friends for your continuous support and prayers during this difficult time.