…. As 25 000 take ARVs
By Maria Kandjungu
OHANGWENA regional Governor Usko Nghaamwa has raised alarming concerns with prevailing cases of HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB in that region.
Nghaamwa was speaking during his state of the region address (SORA) where he revealed that over 24 000 people in the region are on antiretroviral drugs (ARV).
According to the governor, about 53 267 people were tested for HIV between 2017/2018, of which, 2 146 were found positive, bringing the number of people on ARV treatment to 24 796.
Nghaamwa further revealed that cases of TB are on a rise with 1107 cases being recorded in the region in 2017/2018, making Ohangwena the second region with highest recorded cases of TB after Khomas region. He added that most cases are recorded at Engela district Hospital, according to him this is attributed to patients treated at the hospital from neighbouring Angola.
“I am disturbed by the increase cases of Malaria in the region. The region was declared a malaria outbreak in 2017 which saw 5440 confirmed cases and nine deaths by Malaria,” Nghaamwa said.
The governor however maintained that despite all the challenges, efforts in collaboration with different stakeholders such as mass health education and screening, follow up contacts, mass malaria spraying and advanced awareness campaigns are being conducted to curb malaria.
Nghaamwa also highlighted suicide as a cause of concern in the region saying that the region recorded 56 suicide cases. He stated that this “would have been higher without interventions made” as according to him, 86 people were saved from attempting suicide through counselling while 96 were saved the previous year. This brings them to a total number of 182 cases or people saved from committing suicide in two years’ time.
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