WINDHOEK: Namibia through the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) yesterday for the first time commemorated World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
Palliative care refers to the treatment, care and support of people facing problems associated with life threatening illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes amongst others, through the prevention and relief of suffering.
World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is commemorated on the second Sunday of October every year, and this is the first time it is being commemorated in Namibia.
Launching the commemoration here, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Petrina Haingura explained that palliative care is aimed at controlling pain and managing physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems throughout the disease trajectory.
She said that although this is the first time World and Hospice Palliative Care Day is commemorated in Namibia, raising awareness of palliative care is crucial to ensure that it is well understood.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau officially reopened the National Marine Aquarium here yesterday.
The aquarium is situated next to the National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC) at the tourist town.
The aquarium was constructed in 1995 as part of the second phase of the NatMIRC research complex.
Esau indicated that it was closed in July 2010 for major renovations which were finalised earlier this year at a cost of N.dollars 14 million.
The aquarium was also re-stocked with local marine species such as the 15-year-old kabeljou, as well as other rarer fish species.
The specimens were kept in custom-built quarantine tanks for safekeeping during the renovation process.