GOBABIS: Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has slammed the conduct of some churches and traditional healers who incite patients on anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to stop taking their medicine, noting that such practises hamper the delivery of health services to the public.
Speaking during a consultative meeting with traditional and church leaders on maternal health here yesterday, Pohamba said it was high time such misconceptions are eliminated from society as they negatively affect health provision.
She said it has been noted that there are some churches and traditional healers who falsely claim they can cure AIDS, adding that they interfere with the anti-retroviral treatment by instructing people to throw away their medicine.
Pohamba said there is currently no cure for HIV and AIDS, and as such the community, especially patients who are on anti-retroviral medicine (ARVs) should not be misled by such false promises of a cure for the virus through traditional herbs and roots.
Emphasising the importance of the ART programme, the First Lady said Government has gone out of its way to make sure everyone needing ARVs is catered for, free of charge, in an effort to prolong the lives of such citizens, despite the high costs of the drugs.
GOBABIS; The Epako Secondary School in Gobabis on Friday received textbooks worth N.dollars 20 000 from the Old Mutual Group Namibia, as part of the company’s efforts to reward excellence and performance in education.
The donation was made in honour of a commitment Old Mutual made to award the best-performing Government school in the region in the Grade 12 national examinations of 2011.
Handing over the award, dubbed the Old Mutual Education Excellence Award, Old Mutual’s Chief Executive Officer for Operations, Sakaria Nghikembua said the award should serve as motivation to set an even higher performance standard next time.
Nghikembua said Old Mutual believes in the ability of learners to maximise their potential if given the correct motivation and incentive.
Receiving the award on behalf of the school, its principal, Dorkas Ndokosho, praised the learners and teachers for their hard work during the course of last year which led to their school winning the award.