Education Minister Dr Abraham Iyambo today confirmed media reports that he was indeed in Cuba for a medical check-up.
“Yes, I was in Cuba and I planned this trip last year. I decided to go to Cuba to do a complete check-up on my health and have arranged this with my doctors to go there for a proper check-up,” said Iyambo during a media briefing in Windhoek on the allocation of textbooks for various schools countrywide.
Iyambo, who studied in Cuba, said Cuba, in terms of medical services, is one of the best, adding that apart from the medical check-up in that country, he did a lot of other work.
The Minister, however, made it clear that he did not collapse at the airport in Cuba as reported in a local daily.
“I am back and I am in good shape. Apparently I collapsed, I did not collapse. It is enough (reporting) of my health now. You have heard too much, leave me alone and assist me with my education. Let me concentrate on the many things that I have planned for this year,” he stressed.
The Namibian newspaper reported on Tuesday this week that barely six months after he returned to work following extended sick leave, Iyambo is back in hospital.
“It is unclear what he is treated for. Some sources said that he had undergone an operation,” the newspaper said.
Iyambo was hospitalised in a local hospital late in 2011, and was booked off for six months.
Upon his return to office in July 2012, the Minister held a media briefing, where he told the public through the media that he was hospitalised due to high blood pressure, which put his body under severe strain.
The high blood pressure, Iyambo stressed at the time, affected his vision, reading ability and speech, which led to him being booked off for six months.-Nampa