WINDHOEK – Following the Botswana deadline that lapsed on July 14, more Namibian refugees from Dukwe are returning home voluntarily to avoid deportation by that country.
This comes after Botswana took a decision to finally enforce a cessation clause with respect to the status of Namibian refugees living at Dukwe, which was invoked in 2015.
These refugees were given a deadline to register in person for voluntary repatriation to Namibia from May 11 to July 11, 2018 or risk facing deportation as they are regarded as illegal immigrants.
WINDHOEK – The ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Lisa Johnson, has vowed her country will continue to assist Namibia in its fight against the outbreak of hepatitis E.
Johnson made this promise on Friday after she visited Havana and Goreangab informal settlements in the Samora Machel Constituency, Windhoek to see the progress made and the challenges remaining in addressing the outbreak of hepatitis E.
Windhoek-The current good rains have come too late for most communal farmers in the northern crop-farming areas but most disappointed are farmers in the Kunene Region who have lost seeds due to too much water.
Katima Mulilo-Five schools in the Zambezi Region have temporarily closed due to heavy floods that have swamped schools in the low-lying areas following heavy rains that have characterised the past few months.
Schools that have closed down are: Muzii Combined, Nankutwe Combined, Mpukano Primary, Namiyundu Primary and Ikaba Combined.
Ongwediva-Recent heavy rains and floods wreaked havoc in some parts of the northern regions, flooding schools as well as residential areas towards the end of last week.
Those at the receiving end include school-going children in Omusati and Kunene regions as well as homeowners at Oshikuku Town Council, both within the formal and informal settlements.
There are fears that hepatitis E in Havana and Goreangab informal settlements could become endemic, according to epidemiologist, Dr Lilliane Kahuika, of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The number of cases recorded since the outbreak in October last year are 113, she said. Last week, 44 cases of hepatitis E were recorded and ten deaths since the outbreak.
Poor rainfall performance this agricultural season has affected the recovery of grazing pasture in the country from the dry spell last year.
Following heavy rainfall in Angola a second flood wave could swamp northern Namibia in the next four days, confirmed a hydrologist responsible for the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in Namibia.
Leonard Hango said Ondjiva is currently under water and it is expected the flood that hit Ondjiva will spill over into Namibia.
“Efundja is on its way, it has been recorded in Angola, but it is yet to overflow into Namibia,” said the Cuvelai-Etosha basin hydrologist.
Ondjiva is located about 45 km from Oshikango.
Soon after communities in the northern part of the country were warned by the Namibia Hydrological Services to prepare for the seasonal floods from Angola, the floods, locally known as efundja, have arrived. This followed the heavy rainfall in southern Angola.
Although efundja results in devastating flooding that causes damage to road infrastructure, property, the displacement of people from their homes and at times loss of income to businesses, it has also been a blessing in disguise for communities.
Flood-prone settlements of Kabbe in Zambezi Region are at high risk of contracting waterborne diseases as the affected villagers in those settlements have no proper ablution facilities, and potable drinking water is a pipe dream.
Due to heavy flooding experienced in the Zambezi, many schools and villagers in Kabbe have been cut off, exposing people to harsh conditions, as they have to cross streams using dugout canoes, risking their lives to attacks from crocodiles lurking in the water.
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The Ministry of Health and Social Services has urged pregnant women who display symptoms of hepatitis E to seek medical attention as soon as possible to decrease their chances of dying.
Since the outbreak of the disease last October, ten cases of hepatitis E-related deaths were recorded, the latest being that of a 25-year-old woman who died six days after she gave birth.
Ongwediva - The Omusati Regional Council in collaboration with the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project will host a two-day conference on water, food security and adaptation to climate change.
The conference takes place tomorrow and Thursday to bring stakeholders together to deliberate on challenges faced by the region as a result of climate change. It also further seeks dialogue on solutions that can address these challenges.
Windhoek-Japan has given a grant of US$800 000 (approximately N$9.5 million) to the government of Namibia to help address the health needs of the most vulnerable citizens in the seven northern regions affected by recurrent drought and floods.
Windhoek-Due to heavy flooding experienced in the Zambezi, many schools in the Kabbe flood-prone areas have been cut off – leaving learners and teachers exposed to harsh conditions, as they have to cross streams using dugout canoes risking their lives from crocodiles lurking under the water.
Such an undertaking can be very risky due to dangerous animals such as crocodiles and snakes that come with these floods.
Windhoek - Agra Provison and the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development have started highly informative courses this week to assist farmers in the basic principles of farm management and the basics of profitable cattle production, which can make a difference between failure and success.
Namibian livestock farmers are expected to attend in their droves, most of them having suffered tremendous losses in animal numbers and financially due to consecutive droughts since 2013.
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.
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.
Windhoek-Southern Africa is still battling to recover from the 2015/16/ El Niño-induced drought, which by last year had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
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.