More health extension workers to be deployed countrywide

OPUWO: A total of 3 600 Health Extension Workers (HEW) are expected to be deployed across Namibia over the next three years.

This was announced by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s representative Brad Corner at the graduation of 158 HEW for the Kunene Region last Wednesday.

The HEW had completed a six-months’ training course.

“Your graduation ceremony represents a milestone to the efforts of the Namibian government to reduce maternal, infant and under-five morbidity and mortality, and to sustain progress against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria,” he noted.

Corner said in the two weeks leading up to and including this graduation ceremony, approximately 560 HEW had graduated in the Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango, Kunene and Zambezi regions.

“This programme represents a major expansion of the health system at community level. The ministry is mobilising human, technical and financial resources to train and deploy over 4 200 HEW across the whole country,” he stated.

He then congratulated the Namibian Government for the successful implementation of the HEW programme, and the students for completing the training.

Corner reminded the HEW to remain vigilant in order to identify and communicate possible public health outbreaks and emergencies, and to report them to their supervisors.

He further reminded them to operate within the ethical boundaries set for healthcare workers.