WINDHOEK: The Minister of Health, Dr Richard Kamwi says the N.dollars 4 billion allocated to the health sector in last year’s national budget is not sufficient to support the complete delivery of health services.
Speaking at a ministerial management meeting of the Ministry of Health and Social Services held here yesterday, Kamwi said for the sector to perform, it needs more money.
It was held for the Health Ministry to set its priorities for the year, and to reflect on the experiences of the past year.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s representative to Namibia, Dr Magda Robalo reiterated Kamwi’s statement, saying the Namibian health sector needs more funding.
She noted that value for money can only be achieved from a certain threshold, saying that below that, it is inadequate investment.
Robalo said reproductive and maternal health and preventative programmes are poorly-funded, and yet Namibians expect to see better results, adding that this is just not possible as the health sector needs more, better and targeted funding.