OPUWO: The owner of the most pigs that have been roaming the streets of Opuwo, Maria Mumbanda a 72 years old woman called on the town council and government to assist her with a plot to keep her pigs.
Mumbanda who stated farming with pigs since 1985 in Opuwo, by then still just a village, have been affected by the current by-law to impound livestock that are seen on the streets of the Opuwo town.
The pig farmer was speaking to Nampa on Thursday in an interview.
The impounding of the livestock was scheduled on 28 September this year and it was postponed to the end of October this year.
“I have about 40 pigs of which some of them I had already taken to Etunda Village in the Omusati Region to my relatives for them to keep them for me there,” said Mubanda.
She said that she used N.dollar 800 to fuel two pick up vehicles that took her 24 pigs to Etunda and she remained with 16 pigs still in Opuwo Town.
“I am going to keep these pigs in my backyard; they are my means of survival. I don’t have a husband or other means of income besides the old pension grand and I have three kids of which I have to pay their school fees buy food and clothes for them,” noted Mumbanda.
She said that the town council or the government can give her plot where she could keep her pigs.
“If the government or the town council can give me a fenced off plot to keep the pigs and give me time to pay it off,” she added.
According to Abel Katjoho who is heading the operation of impounding animals in town told Nampa on Thursday that the Opuwo Town Council does not have land where they can relocate people with livestock in town.
“We are not even having plots to for houses where would we get plots for chicken or pigs? The owners of the pigs or whatever animals should look for their own means to find plots outside the town boundaries,” said Katjoho.
The pets should have name tags with cellphone numbers of the owners and address to make it easy for the impounding officers to notify them when the animals have been impounded to come pay the fees of conviction.
Penalties of the person whose animals were impounded on a firs conviction would have to be fined an amount not exceeding N.dollars 1000.
If it is a second conviction N.dollars 2000 or six month imprisonment or both.
Unlike goats, sheep, cattle, donkey and horses that would be auctioned by the town council if not claimed after being impounded, the pigs, dogs and cats would be destroyed if impounded if they are not claimed seven days.
(edited)OPUWO; The Minister of Health and Social Services has called on Health Extension Workers (HEW) here to commit themselves to a pilot project in which they will work as primary health care providers.
Speaking at the graduation of the 34 HEW from a basic healthcare course and the start of the pilot project in the Opuwo Health District here on Thursday, Health Minister Richard Kamwi called on the workers to “work with dedication” and make a difference in primary health care.
“The success of this pilot programme in Kunene will open doors for the HEW programme to be implemented in all 13 regions,” said Kamwi.
The Health Minister added that the ministry will incorporate the HEW, who worked as volunteers, into its budget for the coming financial year, depending on how they perform during the pilot phase of the project and the impact observed through their intervention.
He said despite the improvements in the provision of Primary Health Care Services (PHCS) since Independence in 1990, Namibia still lags behind in providing equitable access to health care services for all citizens. This, he said, is due to Namibia being a vast country with a sparse population distribution, which leads to geographical challenges in the provision of health and social services.
“The ministry’s National Health and Social Services System Review in 2008 confirmed that in spite of the progress made in the implementation of the PHC approach, the provision of health care services did not extend beyond the health facilities, including clinics. The review recommended that such health services should be extended in a structured manner into communities and homes,” said Kamwi.
Within the health sector, equity and accessibility of affordable health and social welfare services are amongst the key principles guiding the health sector development. This lead the ministry to identify health extension in the National Health Strategic Plan 2009-2013 as being amongst the critical strategies towards ensuring access to health care services, especially for those living in sparsely populated and remote areas.
The HEW pilot project is expected to accelerate the promotion of health awareness in the Kunene Region, and to build the local community’s capacity to get involved in primary health care interventions.
The Opuwo Health District – which includes the Opuwo, Epupa and Sesfontein Constituencies – has been selected for the pilot project given the vastness and remoteness of the region which sometimes makes it difficult for the community to easily reach the health facilities in the area.
Amongst other things, the HEWs will also be expected to monitor adherence to treatment and health schedules for tuberculosis (TB), anti-retroviral treatment (ART), hypertension and many other diseases.
They will also be expected to act as catalysts for household and community mobilisation for preventive, promote curative and rehabilitative primary health care interventions; disseminate health and social welfare information and carry out health education and other health and social welfare promotion activities in communities.
They are also expected to facilitate linkage and information-sharing between health facilities, social welfare offices, civil society organisations and the community.