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Universal health coverage is needed – officials

Universal health coverage is needed – officials

World Health Day was commemorated this week at the UN Plaza with special focus on universal access to affordable, essential and qualify health care services.

Dr Chalres Sagoe-Moses, Who Representative said this year’s commemoration aims to highlight the advantages Universal Health Coverage (UHC) can bring to all people and in all places and also why it is needed.

“UHC ensures that everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live and no matter when they need, can access essential, quality health services without facing financial hardship,” he added.

He highlighted how in Namibia they have seen the interplay of health security and UHC as evidence in the current Hepatitis E outbreak, which has taught them all the importance of addressing broader determinants of health such as water and sanitation to ensure health security for all people, everywhere and every time.

Hon. Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Regional governor of Khomas Region said the UHC and slogan of health for all is call ‘for equal and quality health service for all at all times, without suffering financial hardship, without discrimination, leaving no one behind, everyone, everywhere must have access to health services without falling into poverty when the need arise to enjoy this deserved services’.

“When you leave this 2019 World Health Day commemoration event today go with the understanding that you are the ambassador to carry this message over to the others to play their role in priorotizing health,” she added.

The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, said on the occasion that UHC is WHO’s number one goal and key to achieving it is to ensure that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in their communities, because many people still have no access to health care.

“Key messages to take into consideration are that health is a human right, it is time for health for all, we know UHC is possible, we can make it happen,” he added/

He highlighted the responsibility to address inequality in the health in order to make a huge difference and make significant steps towards Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. “By putting all our efforts and resources together and pulling in the same direction, we are bound to succeed,” he concluded.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.