When there is hope

14 June 2018 | Society

“The dream to ensure quality health care that is accessible and affordable can be realised if we agree that health care is a basic human right.”

According to Juliet Kavetuna, health and social services deputy minister, Namibia won't be able to provide this service if we don't move away from classist health care.

Kavetuna said this while speaking at the inauguration of the Kurt Johannesson wing at the Acacia interim home of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN).

At the event, she said that together we can provide health care that is accessible and affordable to all. “CAN closes many gaps that the ministry can't, and for that we are thankful,” she said.

Along with the opening of the new wing, CAN celebrated 50 years in the country last week. CAN's chief executive, Rolf Hansen, said they are thankful for every contribution. “This new wing is an investment. After 50 years we can still give more hope.”

Sponsors were also present at the event, with most seeing this milestone as a proud moment. “We are dedicated to working with CAN to improve survival rates,” said Jan Katjavivi of the FNB Foundation, that donated N$400 000 towards the association in the past two years. Anne-Mary Molatudi of the NAMSOV Community Trust said that they support the expansion geared towards assisting patients, while Gary Mouton of Namibia Breweries committed to further help against the fight against cancer.

The Acacia interim home offers free accommodation to cancer patients receiving treatment. The new wing offers 13 additional beds, bringing the total patient capacity to 34.

In 2013, 340 patients made use of the interim home which grew to 523 last year. The premises for House Acacia was bought in 1985.

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