24 August 2000

Namibia: New Clinic for Onawa

ONAWAA — A new clinic was officially opened at Onawa in the Omusati region recently by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Richard Kamwi, during his familiarisation tour of the North West Health Directorate.

The new clinic replaces one built by the Elcin Church and the community of Onawa in 1991, which had become too old to render effective service to the population of 10 600 as well as many people from nearby Angola.

Kamwi said Government, recognising the good work done by the church before Independence in providing health care, had accepted clinics which were handed over.

"Some of these clinics are old and are being replaced with new ones.

The Onawa clinic is one of the first clinics to be replaced by a new one," the Minister told the gathering.

Kamwi said the average daily attendance of patients to be treated at the new clinic will be 70 patients.

He noted that health problems within the catchment area of Onawa include HIV-AIDS related illnesses, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, acute respiratory infection, ear, nose, throat and mouth diseases, skin diseases and high blood pressure, while another common problem is alcohol abuse.

"Although efforts are being made to develop a vaccine, prevention of infection through 'ABC', that is Abstinence, Be faithful and Condom use, is the answer," Kamwi said.

Kamwi said more people are dying from TB, which is the second biggest killer after HIV-AIDS because with the advent of HIV-AIDS less attention was being given to TB which is curable.

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