Omusati 66 cases of malnutrition could include Angolan citizens – governor – National

Omusati 66 cases of malnutrition could include Angolan citizens – governor – National

Omusati Governor Erginus Endjala says some of the 66 recorded cases of malnutrition in the region could be Angolan citizens who often seek treatment in hospitals near the border.

The Prime Minister’s Office revealed on Wednesday that the region has recorded 66 cases of malnutrition since the beginning of this year.

Endjala says the region has some nomadic peoples who were severely affected by the 2019 drought and that malnutrition is a serious problem.

“We need to find out to know which families are affected. Currently, many of the households registered with us are receiving food for drought relief,” says Endjala.

“But remember, in the hospitals we have in the regions, especially those in the north, like Outapi District Hospital and Engela District Hospital in Ohangwena and all the others near the borders, many of the people receiving treatment there they are Angolans. So now I am not sure if those figures include both Namibians and Angolans,” he says.

The governor adds that it is true that there are some families that are suffering, however, he needs to know what communities they are from.

“Currently, drought relief food is delivered to beneficiaries immediately after being received in the region. We don’t even store them because there is no place to store them,” she says.

According to the governor, malnutrition is a serious problem that requires an in-depth study of who is affected and the definitive places where it is reported.

However, when asked if the proposed basic income subsidy can be a means to solve poverty, Endjala says the subsidy could conflict with already existing subsidies.

“Will the drought relief program be abolished or will it run in parallel to existing government subsidies? For me, this subsidy proposal is not so clear, unless an unemployment subsidy can be introduced to help young people,” says Endjala.

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