Members of Parliament listen to speeches attentively at the launch of the T.B. Caucus
|Story by George Sanzila
The Namibia Parliamentary T.B. Caucus was launched at the National Assembly today by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (11/09/18). The Caucus emanates from the Barcelona Declaration that is open to any political representative in the world to sign up for the fight against T.B.
Namibia is classified among the countries with the highest T.B. and H.I.V burden worldwide. At the launch, Member of Parliament and Chairperson of the newly created Caucus, Hon. Elma Dienda appealed for both political will and allocation of adequate financial resources to fight the epidemic.
The same sentiments were echoed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Social services who noted that although Namibia has made great strides in fighting the killer disease, more still needs to be done particularly with drug resistant T.B.
Country representative of the World Health Organization, Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses noted that due to the seriousness of the scourge, the world has realized the importance of joint efforts hence the signing up by lawmakers.
The T.B. Caucus is intended to raise awareness about the disease among politicians, so that they step up their advocacy efforts. To date over 2300 political representatives have signed up from over 130 countries.