First Lady says women and children are at risk of health, social and economic atrocities

OKONGO: First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba says women and children, especially pregnant women, are at high risk of many health, social and economic atrocities.

Pohamba said this whilst officiating at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a maternity waiting home at Okongo settlement in the Ohangwena Region on Wednesday.

The First Lady noted that women and children are even the victims of preventable deaths such as maternal and child mortality, as well as gender-based violence.

She pointed out that the Okongo District is a vast district with scattered communities, adding that it has poor road infrastructure, long distances to health facilities, a lack of both private and public transport, and poor communication networks.

As the patron of the Maternal and Child Health National Agenda, Pohamba feels obliged to do something to contribute to Government’s efforts in accelerating the reduction of maternal and child mortality, elimination of new HIV infections among babies, and the elimination of AIDS-related deaths.