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Health ministry achieves 100 % ART coverage in Oshana

by Rodney Pienaar

The ministry of health has achieved 100 % Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) treatment coverage due to the efforts of 12 clinics and five health centers in the region that are now providing ART to HIV infected individuals. 

About 186 health workers were also trained in managing patients on ART treatment with the assistance of the Center for Disease Control and Global Fund at the cost of N$ 307 465 during the 2017/18 financial year, the governor of Oshana region, Clemens Kashuupulwa has said. 

“In efforts to build a healthy nation the ministry of health continues striving for improved health services in the region. The health sector has also trained 12 medical interns; 97 community health workers and opened a special clinic for ‘Cerebral Palsy’ children at the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital,” he said. 

He added that it has also managed to improve accessibility of health services by establishing seven community based ART and 5 community based adherence clubs for people living with HIV.  

Kashuupulwa also said that the region is currently having 24 374 active patients on ART treatment and 1 913 of them are defaulting treatment. 

“We need to continue sensitising our people on HIV infections as well as the danger of defaulting HIV treatment,” he said. 

According to Kashuupulwa the health ministry also worked hard to reduce the cases of TB infections from 1 267 in 2016 to 507 in 2017 and Malaria has been under control over the last 10 years with an insignificant decline from 287 to 286 cases between 2016 and 2017.