Cross border movement for health services difficult to control

Cross border movement for health services difficult to control

Petronella Masabane, Deputy Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services said there are weak spots along Namibia's border and every point is not guarded or fenced.
Masabane said, should immigrants not get treated and interact with Namibians, diseases might be transmitted and outbreaks will be hard to control.
Angolans receive medication for chronic illnesses such as tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and antiretrovirals (ARV) in Namibia.
Namibia and Angola have an agreement to provide health services to people in need.
The process is that only the medical passports cross the border and return with medication prescribed.
The people are not allowed to cross the border to collect their medication as there are port health officials and nurses put in place for that.
Masabane stressed that certain areas reported that Namibians are crossing borders and need to be quarantined and tested and these are quite expensive processes.
She urged people to follow regulations and not travel unnecessarily and follow procedures put in place for collecting medication.
Nehemia Nghishekwa, Chief of Immigration at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration said operational plans were readjusted to stage two of the lockdown.
He said officials are prepared with personal protective equipment (PPE), by ensuring borders are controlled and whoever is picked up along the border is put in safe custody.
Nghiskekwa said borders are closed for Namibian nationals travelling out of the country and non-Namibians are allowed facilitated departures back to their country.
Nghiskekwa said it is in the best interest of Namibia to allow foreigners to return to their country.
He said emergency medical treatments of Namibians to other countries is allowed.
They were speaking at the COVID-19 Communication Centre this morning.