NAMIBIA’S HEALTH MINISTRY SPENDS 6.0 PCT OF ITS BUDGET TO PREVENT HIV, TB

Namibia's Ministry of Health and Social Services has used about six per cent of its total budget on the prevention of HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis (TB), says its Deputy Permanent Secretary, Axel Tibinyane.

Speaking at the opening of a week-long meeting on the Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the implementation of International Health Regulations (IHR) capacities in Namibia here Monday, he added that the Ministry received a budget allocation of 7.0 billion Namibian dollars (about 498 million US dollars) for the 2016/17 fiscal year.

"The country has been doing well in prevention and response toward HIV, TB and Malaria," said Tibinyane, who noted that international health regulations are the most important tool in facilitating prevention, detection and response to any event such as the spread of infectious diseases, zoonotic events, chemical or radiological hazards that may constitute an emergency of international health concern.

In this regard, the Ebola Disease Outbreak (EDO) in West Africa in 2014 was a wake-up call for the global community and it has signified the importance of the IHR, especially the need for its effective implementation.

The IHR for Namibia aims for the establishment of core capacities to detect, assess, notify and report events such as disease outbreak and to respond to public health risks and emergencies.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK