Heath Minister on medical outreach programme in Rundu

Heath Minister on medical outreach programme in Rundu

In a wide ranging interview with NBC News, Health and Social Services Minister, Dr Bernard Haufiku, spoke openly about the challenges facing healthcare in Namibia.
Haufiku is visiting Rundu, where he is conducting more than 30 operations on both state and private patients as part of his ministry’s medical outreach programme.
He wants more awareness on mental health, a problem he says is tricky to solve in rural communities where mental health issues are often associated with witchcraft.
The minster is also committed to creating an environment where teenagers won’t be shamed for accessing contraceptives.
His ministry is also weathering other storms, with challenges like the lack of road infrastructure and cellular network in many areas also hindering accessing healthcare for some Namibians.
The medical outreach programme has been hailed for bringing specialised services closer to Namibians, especially those in some of the more remote corners of the country.