NAMIBIA over the past year like many other regions in the world has been plagued by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well other diseases such as Hepatitis E, which has engulfed sewage infested informal settlements of the country.
To bring about an action plan against public health threats such as the above, which results in higher mortality rates, the minister of health and social services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula today launched the National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) and the National Human Resource for Health (HRH) strategic plan.
Namibia will require N$576 323 486 over a period of 5 years starting 2021 to implement this Plan.
The implementation of NAPHS will be reviewed annually by the coordination committee.
In May 2005, the 58th World Health Assembly adopted the International Health Regulations after long and protracted negotiations.
Dr. Shangula stated that Namibia participated in the negotiations and is signatory to the International Health Regulations which mandates Member States to strengthen capacities for health security.
He explained that all states parties are expected to develop the required public health capacities to detect, assess, notify and report public health events.
The regulations also compel the state parties to develop the capacity to respond promptly and effectively to public health risks and public health emergencies of international concern.
Dr. Shangula further noted that Namibia has experienced a significant number of outbreaks for the past years, such as Cholera, Anthrax, Rabies, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever, polio, Hepatitis E and the current Covid-19 pandemic with high morbidity, mortality, and adverse socio-economic impacts.
He explained that one of the health security plans is very crucial, as 75% of emerging pathogens in humans are of zoonotic nature.
“Therefore, progress towards global health security requires a greater focus on the interface between humans and animals and a strong collaboration between the human health and the animal health sectors. This interface is highlighted in the NAPHS we are launching today,” Dr. Shangula explained.