USAID hands over warehouse equipment for Oshakati Medical Depot

United States Agency for Development (USAID) country representative, Dr Randy Kolstad said about 92 000 HIV patients access anti-retroviral treatment (ART) services from sites served directly by the Oshakati Multi-Regional Depot.

Kolstad said this in a speech delivered on his behalf at Oshakati in the Oshana Region where the USAID handed over a donation of warehouse equipment to the said depot on Thursday.

The HIV patients served by the Oshakati Multi-Regional Medical Depot, Kolstad said, are close to half of patients on ART in the country.

Warehouse equipment handed over consists of items such as semi-electric stackers, heavy-duty mobile platforms, safety gear and all important items to help ensure safety handling of the precious commodities being dealt with in the depot.

This equipment worth about N.dollars 500 000 in total, explained Kolstad, adding that similar equipment is also being distributed to medical depot in Rundu in the Kavango East Region and the aim is for Namibia to continue with her successful story in the fight against HIV.

According to him, through investments by the Namibian government in the health sector, and with the support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oshakati Depot-served regions have achieved or exceeded the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals.

Kolstad noted that the Ohangwena Region, at 86.2 per cent, have the highest proportion of people living with HIV in Namibia who have achieved viral suppression.

This means that their viral load was undetectable, which in turn means the virus is untransmissible, stated the USAID representative in Namibia.

He went on to say the US government remains committed to supporting Namibia in her fight against the HIV epidemic.

Oshakati Medical Depot, besides the Ohangwena Region, also serves the northern regions of Oshana, Omusati and Oshikoto.

Source: Namibia Press Agency