WINDHOEK; A total of 1 872 veterans were registered with the Ministry of Veterans’ Affairs in 2012, bringing the total of registered veterans to 24 457.
The Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Nickey Iyambo announced this during a briefing here on Wednesday to inform the media and the public about the progress and achievement of his ministry over the past year.
Iyambo said the ministry also made progress in introducing a new veterans’ registration and payment system.
He said the ministry also provided financial support in the form of educational and training grants to 123 veterans and dependents of veterans, bringing the total number of recipients to 387.
Iyambo said his ministry has provided 126 veterans with funeral services, and about 18 veterans were counselled under the Psycho-social Counselling Programme.
“We conducted medical and social health assessments on more than 1 000 veterans of which 600 underwent medical examinations. Ten were treated in private hospitals, where they underwent complicated medical treatments such as heart by-passes and hip replacements. Others received artificial limbs, wheelchairs and spectacles,” the minister said.
Iyambo stressed that the ministry also invested over N.dollars 4 million in the erection of the King Ipumbu ya Tshilongo Monument in the Omusati Region.
He noted that about 242 individual veterans’ projects were approved by the Veterans’ Board, and procurement for project implementations are underway.
Iyambo further noted that a total of 46 houses were constructed for severely disabled and elderly veterans in different regions of the country, and were handed over to the beneficiaries.
This year, the ministry’s resolutions include the continuation of registering veterans in the country and to build 30 houses for veterans throughout the country.
Iyambo said the ministry will also implement a system for the quarterly verification of the existence of veterans to warrant the continuous payment of the monthly subvention.