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US government equips health facilities with advanced techniques to detect and prevent cervical cancer

US government equips health facilities with advanced techniques to detect and prevent cervical cancer

The United States, through the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and technical assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has equipped health facilities in Katima Mulilo and across the country with advanced techniques to detect and prevent cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in Namibia, The US Embassy said in a statement.

US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson encouraged at-risk women to screen for cervical cancer when she visited the Bukalo Health Centre in the Zambezi region on  22 August.

“Women in Zambezi no longer have to travel long distances, or wait for long periods of time, to be screened and to receive treatment for one of the most dangerous cancers affecting women in Namibia,” Ambassador Johnson said.

During the visit, Ambassador Johnson praised the Ministry of Health and Social Services for effective implementation of these advanced “screen and treat” procedures now available in Katima Mulilo and 34 other health facilities across Namibia.

This “screen and treat” procedure, introduced in September 2018, allows immediate diagnosis at clinics that offer the procedure to determine if a women has pre-cancerous cells on the cervix, and to receive treatment during that same clinical visit.

PEPFAR has trained nearly 100 health care workers in Namibia to provide the “screen and treat” procedure.

According to the Embassy, PEPFAR is committed to ongoing support of the cervical cancer screening programme with a continuing national rollout of screening services.

Over the next year, an additional 18 health care facilities across Namibia will be equipped to offer this advanced cervical cancer screening service, the embassy added.

Caption: Bukalo Clinic: US Ambassador Lisa Johnson with staff from the Bukalo Health Centre in the Zambezi Region where she encouraged at-risk women to screen for cervical cancer.


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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.