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4 NEWS Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA IUM introduces pharmacists programme Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia’s only fully Health specialists… Some of the nursing students at IUM. Capacity building for emergency response preparedness CAUTIONARY NOTICE ASTERIO MEDICAL GROUP SOLUTIONS The Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA) as established by the Act No. 3 of 2001, is mandated to regulate and It has come to NAMFISA’s attention that ASTERIO MEDICAL GROUP SOLUTIONS, is conducting or has attempted to conduct insurance business in Namibia while not being registered as such in terms of the Long-Term Insurance Act, 1998 (Act 5 of 1998). Section 2 of the Long-Term Insurance Act, 1998 (Act 5 of 1998) prohibits persons from conducting insurance business unless registered as an insurer in terms thereof. Non-compliance with section 2 of the Long-Term Insurance Act, 1998 (Act 5 of 1998) is a criminal offence in terms of section 68(a) of the said Act. The public is therefore advised not to deal with ASTERIO MEDICAL GROUP SOLUTIONS and to report any occurrences of their illegal activities to NAMFISA and/or the nearest police station. For any queries or complaints, please contact: Mr. John Uusiku at (061) 290 5117 or via email address at: NAMFISA treats all information obtained from the public with REGISTRAR: LONG-TERM INSURANCE David Adetona Windhoek “As climate change continues to have negative impacts on the environment at an alarming already started in some parts of the country. Therefore, the need to strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacities is crucial. – Bai Sankoh

Wednesday, February 21 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Change of command at 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Brigadier General Kashindi Eusebius yaKashindi has taken command of the 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade at Keetmanshoop as of Monday this week. He takes over from Brigadier General Epimacus Tshipingana Tshavuka who was appointed General Officer Commanding (GOC) in March 2016, and will now take over at 26 Brigade at Grootfontein at the beginning of March. Tshavuka heads into retirement in two months’ time. Tshavuka, in his departure speech thanked Chief of the Defence Force John Mutwa and Commander of the Land Force Major General (Rtd) Thomas Hamunyela for his Alvine Kapitako Opuwo With the inauguration of the Kazetjindire Angelika Muharukua maternity waiting room at Opuwo yesterday, it is expected that there will be lesser pregnancy related complications in the Kunene Region where 72 percent of pregnant women deliver in health facilities. This is compared to the national average of 88.7 percent and 97.6 percent in the Erongo Region, according to a 2013 demographic and health survey. The Kunene Region has the lowest proportion of pregnant women delivering in health facilities, according the survey. The region is presented with unique and compounding challenges that make access to promotion and appointment to his post at 12 Brigade. He however expressed concern at the disparities in promotions in the Namibian Defence Force, whilst at the same time urging the troops to keep faith in that regard. “Even though not all are elevated, we know Babylon was not built in one day. May I raise my voice with great concern that promotion fever is real and worth listening to, some were not promoted since 2003, the majority being from 2006-2011 and the gap is widening,” Tsavuka said. The change of command was witnessed by the Minister of Defence Panda ya Ndakolo, and the governors of both Hardap and //Kharas regions. Tshavuka, during the power women and men of the 12 Motorised Infantry Brigade for the undivided support rendered to him during his tenure, and asked them to render further support to the incoming commander, reminding them to keep the standards of the brigade intact. “May I ask men and women of the 12 Brigade not to let it down, but rather keep its good reputations high and continue making the positive impact NDF,” he said. Accepting his new role, YaKashindi thanked Tshavuka for having shaped and maintained the required military standards of the 12 Brigade, and asked members of the force to give him the same or improved support as he takes his new role, saying the challenges of the brigade remain demanding and require collective efforts to address. He further said he will not make personal promises on what he aims to achieve, but Relief as Opuwo gets new maternity home assured everyone that he will do things according to the rules, and that he is ready to lead under command. “I should state that I will abide to the Namibian Constitution as the supreme law, the Defence Act and its rules and regulations as the supreme guide, while keeping a sober mind that the NDF and army policies, plans and directives are observed and implemented,” he stated. Defence Minister ya Nda- defence force members at a luncheon, and he wished both outgoing and incoming GOCs, strength in their future endeavours. He urged members of the force at the 12 Brigade to keep up the good work and ensure that they are prepared for anything when called upon to do so. “Remember we have a huge responsibility to ensure that 12 Brigade is well and ready to respond to any call to defend Namibia,” he said. – Additional reporting by Nampa. health care impossible for some rural communities. These include extreme levels of poverty, long distances to health care facilities and low seeking behaviour. In addition, Opuwo has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and the lowest deliveries at facilities. In view of this, the Europeans Union through the Programme for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PARMaCM) decided to support government in funding the construction of the Kazetjindire Angelika Muharukua maternity waiting home. The total funding of the programme amounted to N5 million. Part of this money was for procurement and distribution of medical equipment, N.5 million for the construction of maternity waiting homes and N, 6 million for the purchasing of nine ambulances and six utility vehicles. “Everyday, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth,” said the World Health Organisation‘s country representative to Namibia, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses. He also said that the maternity waiting room is expected to positively impact the lives of women and children in the region. Meanwhile, Health professionals working in the Kunene Region were yesterday implored to embrace professionalism and work ethic by effectively and timeously attending to patients to prevent loss of lives. Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia Jana Hybaskova said that Namibian mothers are dying in part due to long distances. Because of the distance some women do not make it on time to health facilities, she explained. Minister of Health and So- and the Kunene Regional Governor Marius Sheya, who both spoke at the launch of the Kazetjindire Angelika Muharukua maternity waiting room, lamented poor customer service which they said risks lives in the health sector. “A lot of residents of Kunene (region) are not happy with the attitude and treatment they are receiving from health care professionals,” said Sheya. “Namibia has got a poor service culture, let’s accept it once and for all. Let’s change this attitude and put up a culture of service”. health sector it is dangerous to gamble with the lives of patients because death cannot be reversed when the patient dies. Southern Africa urged to develop policies to bridge inequality Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund Southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland need to revisit their development policies that are aimed at bridging inequality disparities within their respective countries to make tangible progress in this regard. such development projects, and should not be scared to borrow both internationally and domestically in order to see the successful implementation of such projects. This is according to Jean Dupraz, the Unicef’s Principal Advisor on Social Policy for Eastern and Southern Africa. Dupraz was speaking at the high-level Medium Income Countries Experience Sharing Forum that concluded yesterday in Swakopmund. Dupraz says these countries “face a growth paradox characterised by mid to high economic growth, combined with poverty and high spatial, income and gender inequality.” They also experience the ‘middle-income trap’ whereby after reaching a certain level of per capita income, the country cannot move much beyond that income level as its per capita economic growth stagnates where the gains in economic growth are not matched. The forum was created as a strategy by the Regional United Nations Development Group for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) and Western and Central Africa (WCA) to support them in collaboration with United Nations for support to enable them to strategically position the United Nations system in the respective countries. Dupraz told New Era that the countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland share similarities in the sense that they are all middle income countries, greatly depending on income generated from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenue. “However one must take note that being classi- formed by economic development, that if you reach income country,” he said. He added that the reality, despite the threshold being accompanied by remarkable social progress such as the reduction of child mortality, better access to education and poverty reduction especially in these countries, are that they are still some of the most unequal countries in the country. “Hence they experience a challenge with the implementation of development project that leave the biggest chunk of the population socially behind,” he concluded. Circle of knowledge What are the definitions of the words ‘gratuity’ and ‘annuity’? Gratuity Annuity/Pension annuitant/pensioner and ceases upon his/her death. Email: Visit

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