Last Updated: 2016-12-14
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WINDHOEK, Dec 14 (NNN-nAMPA) -- The Namibian government has trained more than 1,600 community health workers to provide basic health education in efforts to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates, says President Hage Geingob.

He revealed this here Tuesday during the year-end performance review of the government's Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which was implemented since April 2016.

A total of 1,646 community health workers have been trained under the government's HPP and were deployed in all 14 regions (provinces) to provide basic health services in the community and at household level.

Geingob said these health community workers had been trained to pay special attention to expectant mothers who might need to be referred to a health centre or hospital in order to help prevent infant and maternal deaths.

Sixty new ambulances, with special functionalities to assist in this regard, had been procured and were distributed to several hospitals and health centres across the country. Emergency care practitioners had also been trained specifically for the ambulance services.

Geingob further said the upgrades of various maternity wards to improve accessibility to such services was underway, with the Rundu State Hospital maternity ward nearing completion.