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Former US President George Bush in Nam

Fri, 7 April 2017 15:39
by Rodney Pienaar
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The former US president George W Bush who was accompanied by this wife Laura Bush visited the Windhoek Central Hospital (WCH) and a Windhoek school, while the cause for the visit has not been cemented.

Local media were not allowed to engage the former president on his reasons for the visit during his tour of the hospital. The media were also not allowed to accompany him during the entire tour of the hospital. Bush did visit a cancer patient in the cancer ward accompanied by hospital staff where after he was briefed on the impact made by cancer in Namibia. During his brief speech he noted that the overall observation in women with HIV is that, their death is caused by cervical cancer.

“Think about how responsive people can be when they are saved from and die form a disease that can be detected and treated relatively easily so long as women are screened early and we are here to thank the government of and to watch the Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon Campaign that ties into PEPFAR to encourage early screening and treatment for women all over Namibia, anyway its beautiful hospital you have here and thank you for your hospitality,” Bush said.

He added that young man all over the African continent are beginning to run from testing of HIV and the good news is this government knows it and understands it and is willing to speak about it. Anyway we are thrilled to be here and we gonna go to the Skelton coast. I hear is one of the world’s most spectacular sides in the world and I can’t wait to see it.

Thank you very much for your hospitality, Bush said before his departure Earlier Bush also visited to Ella Du Plessis Secondary School in Khomasdal but reasons for his visits to the school was also not clear as Namibian journalists were told to wait at the hospital until he visits the hospital. The Chief Medical Offi cer, David Uirab of the WCH reiterated that Cervical cancer has been is the second most common cancer amongst woman in Namibia followed by Breast cancer.

“The government and its partners in fi ghting cervical cancer have done a lot and a lot still needs to be done. This fi rst is the misunderstanding and the disbelief in cancer, in general within our own people as well as cultural believes and norms not believing in cancer as a disease. In fact, one of the many reasons why many of our women are present very late to the treatment,” Uirab said. He added that what we need are resources most certainly in the northern part of the country were many cases of cancer are being detected.