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New Era Newspaper Tuesday August 8, 2017

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New Era Newspaper Tuesday August 8,

ol. 22 No. 253 Windhoek, Namibia Tuesday August 8 2017 Inside Today Masses celebrate Batshara Festival Hordes of Mayeyi people and other ethnic groups from Zambezi Region and Namibia at large, as well as from neighbouring Botswana gathered on Sunday at Sangwali, the traditional headquarters of the Mayeyi Traditional Authority, for the annual Batshara Batshapi Cultural Festival. Page 3 Shortage of health professionals in Kavango Alvine Kapitako Rundu The two Kavango regions continue to experience a shortage of professionals to fill vacant positions in the health sector. Speaking to reporters last week, the director of health for Kavango East and West, Timea Ngwira, said one of the contributing factors to the shortage of health professionals in Kavango East and Kavango West is the fact the regions are “very rural”. “Most young people don’t want to come to the rural areas,” commented Ngwira. “We take our responsibility seriously with medical interventions like voluntary medical male circumcision and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. And we are trying to test as many people as possible who come to health facilities for services.” – Timea Ngwira Some health facilities in the two regions do not have accommodation to house the needed professionals from outside the regions, Ngwira added. “The training facilities, it’s only this year that we have Unam here. A college training nurses for a diploma qualification only started four years ago. The first graduation will be this year. Pensioner jailed for dealing in dagga Maria Amakali Windhoek SHORTAGE on page 2 SA Speaker Baleka Mbete Secret ballot in noconfidence vote against Zuma today South Africa National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete on Monday ruled that a vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma today can proceed via secret ballot. The Constitutional Court ruled in June that the decision to use a secret ballot lay with the Speaker of Parliament. Should the vote of no confidence against Zuma today succeed, Mbete will become the acting president until parliament elects a new president, which has to be done within 30 days. Alvine Kapitako Ongha At least 472 people living with HIV defaulted on receiving treatment at the ART (antiretroviral therapy) clinic at Ongha Health Centre. The figure makes up 10 percent of those who tested positive at the centre to the virus that causes AIDS. Doing great work… Ongha Health Centre HIV crisis unfolding at Ongha In total 4,121 people are known to be living with the virus at Ongha. These statistics provided by Helvi Edward, a registered nurse at Ongha Health Centre, are from last year. Edward further provided statistics from January to July this year, indicating that 1,603 people were tested for HIV at the ART clinic, of whom 66 tested positive. Furthermore, 108 infants were tested for HIV, of whom seven tested positive. There are 3,712 people receiving ART services at the clinic and 97 of these are new patients that were enrolled on ART, said Edward. Edward pointed out that there are various reasons why people stop taking their treatment. CRISIS on page 2 A s i x t y - n i n e - y e a r- o l d pensioner was sentenced to six years behind bars for dealing in cannabis (dagga) weighing 5kg. John David Toto was found guilty last month in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court for dealing in dependenceproducing substances about eight years ago. He was found in possession of 300 parcels containing cannabis with a street value of N5,000 at the time. Magistrate Ileni Velikoshi sentenced the pensioner to nine years imprisonment, of which three years were suspended for five years on condition that Toto is not convicted of dealing in cannabis, or any dependence-producing drug, during the period of suspension of sentence. In addition to the imprisonment, the court ordered that the drugs found in Toto’s possession on the day he was arrested and the Volkswagen Passat 1985 model that he was driving be forfeited to the State. PENSIONER on page 2 New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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