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14 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Following the twin outbreak of cholera and hepatitis E in Windhoek, the Ongwediva Town Council plans to embark on an awareness campaign on Valentine’s Day, which is today.

The first hepatitis E case hit the country in October, while cholera surfaced at the end of January.

Public relations officer at the Ministry of Health and Social Services Manga Libita said only one case of cholera was detected in a 10-year-old boy, but further cases have not surfaced.

She said the boy is doing fine and has since returned to school.

09 Feb 2018 description

By Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society

The capital city of Windhoek is on high alert after an outbreak of Hepatitis E that has claimed three lives, while 554 people are undergoing treatment. Namibia has been battling Hepatitis E since mid-December 2017, after the first cases were detected in an informal settlement of Windhoek. The number has since been rising steadily.

Hepatitis E is a liver disease spread through drinking water that has been contaminated by human faeces. The disease can be fatal, especially for pregnant women.

06 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva-The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has warned that the country is likely to experience a second armyworm outbreak in a row, following last year’s one.

“According to the data that was collected from pheromone traps on the number of Fall Armyworm (FAW) moths, the data shows that FAW is still around and as soon as the host plants are available the moths will start producing egg masses on the plant leaves,” said the PS of agriculture, water and forestry, Percy Misika.

06 Feb 2018 description

The Minister of Health and Social Services at a recent press briefing reiterated his ministry’s commitment to contain the Hepatitis E outbreak.

06 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Windhoek-As livestock and crop farmers across Namibia fear another drought, the prospects for rain this week has improved, while the continuation of seasonal rainfall during February will be critical to crop development and production.

According to the UN’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network Report, a weakening of the suppressed convective weather pattern, and a return towards a more seasonably rainfall distribution throughout much of Southern Africa in early February could translate into widespread moderate to locally heavy precipitation over several anomalous dry regions.

06 Feb 2018 description

The engagement of different cadres of community leaders continues to be a priority intervention in the containment of the Hepatitis E outbreak. A total of 10 meetings were held with various community leaders including, leaders of 20 and 30 households, councilors, traditional healers and traditional birth attendants, in Havana and Goreagab settlements. These meetings were facilitated by the Regional Councilors with support from the Ministry of Health and Social Service, City of Windhoek and WHO.

31 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In the six northern regions affected by floods in 2017, UNICEFsupported Community Health Workers (CHWs) have reached 4,800 children under five with nutrition screening, of which 1,138 children were treated for severe or moderate acute malnutrition. Improved reporting has identified 148 deaths related to malnutrition, and UNICEF has supported the development of the Emergency Nutrition Action Plan which was been submitted for Government funding in December 2017.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlight

  • Key actors in the private and public sectors, including WFP, held a workshop in Windhoek on 16 November 2017. The was to review and validate the draft public-private partnership strategy and get consensus on the roles the public and private sectors will play to foster a stronger partnership on school feeding.

  • Representatives from WFP and the Government participated in a seminar on shock responsive social protection held in Peru from 30 – 31 October 2017.

31 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

The ministry of health has confirmed that there is an outbreak of cholera in Katutura. The outbreak is hot on the heels of the hepatitis E outbreak that has thus far infected hundreds of people and killed two. According to the ministry, the cholera outbreak was registered at a school in Katutura where a 10-year old got ill after sharing a sausage with three other pupils. The other three pupils were reportedly also ill. “As one confirmed cholera case constitute an outbreak, [there is] need to put response measures in place,” says the health ministry this morning.

30 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Windhoek - The Dordabis Farmers’ Association and Namibian Agricultural Union’s (NAU) project to assist farmers in the south of the country during the drought instituted last year, is likely to be extended this year in view of the weak rain prospects.

The effort is aimed at helping farmers feed their core herds to enable them to continue farming; especially communal and resettlement farmers in drought-stricken areas. Drought-stricken farmers in the Warmbad and Bethanie areas have hailed the initiative.

26 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Alvine Kapitako

Windhoek-The government has thus far spent N$4.7 million to control the hepatitis E outbreak, which has affected mainly the informal settlements of Windhoek since October 2017. This translates into a nearly N$1.5 million spending per month since the outbreak in the informal settlements of Havana, Goreangab, Hakahana, Greenwell Matongo, Ombili and the broader Katutura.

Two people have died from the hepatitis E virus, both pregnant women, who succumbed to hepatitis E complications after giving birth.

26 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Helvy Shaanika

Ongwediva-Good rains are expected over Southern Africa as from the beginning of February as the disruptive tropical cyclone, Ava, finally clears up from the Mozambican coast.

Initially weather forecasters had predicted normal to above normal rainfall for Namibia and other countries in the SADC region between January and March 2018.

15 Jan 2018 description

During the week ending on 13 October 2017, the first identified case was admitted to a public hospital in Windhoek district, with signs and symptoms of hepatitis E. During the week ending on 8 January 2018, a total of 237 probable and confirmed cases have been seen at various health facilities in Windhoek district with the same signs and symptoms. All suspected patients tested negative for hepatitis A, B, and C. A total of 41 of the 237 cases were sent for further testing, and on 8 January 2018, the results showed 21 were IgM positive for hepatitis E.

12 Jan 2018 description

Zambia is one of Namibia's top four trading partners.

WINDHOEK, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The Namibian government has provisionally banned the import of all perishable food, fish, fruits, unprocessed food and water from neighbouring Zambia, which has been hit by a cholera outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives so far.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

09 Jan 2018 description

An outbreak of Hepatitis E (HEV) in Windhoek was declared by the Ministry of Health and Social Services on 14 December 2017. As of 5 January 2018, the Ministry recorded cumulative 214 cases. Over 39% of the cases are from the Havana informal settlement and 19% from Goreagab Dam area. Two meetings were held with community leaders from the affected communities on 31 December 2017 and on 6 January 2018.

19 Dec 2017 description
report New Era

Matheus Hamutenya
Keetmanshoop

Two foreign nationals were on Tuesday found wandering around Oranjemund’s protected diamond area after they were allegedly dumped at sea and left for dead by a Chinese ship.

It is alleged that the two men, Mensah Ebenezer, 30, a Ghanaian national and Degni N’dri Rolano, 28, from Ivory Coast, were trying to make their way to Europe in search of greener pastures when things went wrong, as they were dumped at the sea and left for dead, forcing them to swim to a nearby shore.

13 Nov 2017 description

A team of experts from the World Health Organization visited Namibia in August 2017 to assist in the development of a National Action Plan on Health Security. This was a follow-up to a Joint External Evaluation which was undertaken by a team of 11 experts held in December 2016. The December Evaluation was to determine Namibia’s readiness to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to public health threats, whether they are naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.

07 Nov 2017 description
report New Era

Windhoek-Resettlement farmers must realise that climate change is a reality and must thus adopt smart agricultural practices including diversifying their farming enterprises.

This appeal was made by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, at a Resettlement Farmers Day here on Friday.

He said keeping farm records is important and urged farmers to keep such for all purposes in helping them monitor the progress of their farming businesses.

31 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva-The prolonged drought at Uuvudhiya in Oshana Region could soon be over, as the area continues to have sufficient grazing land and water for livestock since the last rainy season.

Uuvudhiya has over the last couple of years become a popular grazing destination for farmers from Oshana and nearby regions.

However, due to the influx of livestock, the area ran short of grazing space and water, leaving thousands of livestock to die of hunger and thirst.

25 Oct 2017 description

Overview

Assessments showed that the population facing food shortage is 214,170, while population below livelihood protection threshold was estimated at 798,384.

Recommendations

  • Creation of employment opportunities in the rural areas.

  • Vocational training for agriculture and other related fields

  • Creation of more Green schemes to increase food production

  • Extension of Rural electrification

  • Extension of Rural Water Supply services