People who are on ARV treatment will benefit from this year’s drought aid in two Kavango regions

RUNDU: People who are on anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment will benefit from this year’s drought aid in the two Kavango regions.

Registration of beneficiaries for drought aid in the Kavango East and West regions started on Tuesday this week.

Chairperson of the Kavango East and West regional councils, Bonny Wakudumo told this agency on Wednesday that people on ARV treatment will be the only patients registered as beneficiaries under the critically-affected category.

He said the council resolved to register those on ARV medication because it was realized that they are required to eat before taking their medication.

Wakudumo indicated that the registration for drought aid is expected to end on 15 May, after which the names will be sent to the Office of the Prime Minister.

He stated that the drought relief food for the critically-affected beneficiaries is already in the regions and distribution will start as soon as they are done with the registration being conducted by village headmen with the assistance of the Village Development Committees (VDCs).

The government has set aside more than N.dollars 300 million for drought mitigation purposes, which will cover measures such as procurement of food for affected communities and households and the provision of water for human and animal consumption.