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Human anthrax outbreak detected in Kunene Region

Staff Reporter
Thirteen people have been affected by a potentially deadly outbreak of anthrax amongst humans residing in the area of Sesfontein in the Kunene Region and post exposure prophylactic medicine have been administered thus far to 44 people in the areas of Omiriu and Okamba yOzongombo.
According to a statement by Magreth Kalo, the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, 35 community members consumed the flesh of livestock that died in the veldt in the area of Sesriem. However, to date no human deaths have been reported.
A second outbreak of the potentially fatal disease caused by anthrax spores was also detected in Bwabwata National Park in the Kavango East Region.
In the Sesfontein area a total of 92 head of small stock, three head of cattle and three donkeys died at the beginning of November and the human anthrax cases were reported about a week later on 7 November.
The statement also indicates that 23 buffaloes died due to anthrax at the same time as the domestic animals at Sesriem but made it clear that no anthrax cases were detected in humans or livestock in the Bwabwata National Park.
Kalo said the agriculture ministry and the health ministry are collaborating in the matter and since the outbreak has been detected, have informed all farmers and the general public about the danger in the affected areas.
She said although only 13 suspected anthrax cases in humans have been reported thus far, that people in the affected areas should be extremely cautious and vigilant to avoid exposure to deadly anthrax spores.
“Any person who has been exposed to anthrax, consumed the flesh or had direct contact with sick animals or carcasses or show signs and symptoms of anthrax must urgently report to the nearest health facility for evaluation and treatment,” she said.
Symptoms and signs in humans include; a raised itchy bump resembling an insect bite that quickly develops into a painless sore with a black centre, swollen and painful lymph glands, vomiting, abdominal pain, headaches, loss of appetite, fever, sore throat and severe bloody diarrhoea will occur in the later stages of the disease.
A further immediate measure of prevention is a severe restriction on animal movement from, within and into the affected areas of Sesfontein and Bwabwata.
Veterinary staff are also conducting disease investigations within a radius of 30 kilometres of affected kraals and are busy vaccinating susceptible cattle, sheep and goats in and around the affected areas.
As far as human infection is concerned, health officials will conduct daily active case searches and notification of human cases at Sesfontein health centre and the Opuwo district hospital, with Health Emergency Committees being activated in the Kunene Region and districts.
The ministry also warned people against touching, slaughtering or eating any animal that dies on its own, and urged people to report such deaths to the nearest veterinary office. ...

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14 hours ago

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Extraordinary congress to tackle constitutional issues

Aili Iilonga
SWAPO Party Secretary General, Sophia Shaningwa, announced that the party has convened to hold the Party’s Extraordinary Congress as a continuation from the 2017 Swapo Party sixth Congress as a means to address Party Constitutions and Resolutions.
The congress will be held from 30 November to 1 December at Ramatex, Windhoek
She made the announcement on Tuesday in Windhoek during a media briefing where she said that the Extraordinary Congress will deliberate on some the issues which could not be concluded at the 2017 Congress because of “time of constraints”.
Shiningwa said that the issues to be addressed are Amendments of the Swapo Party Constitution and the adoption of the Report and Resolution of the 6th Ordinary Congress.
“The upcoming Extraordinary Congress is one of the undertakings the Swapo Party engages in to examine and set the bar higher in equipping itself to tackle the challenges of poverty, ignorance and social and economic upheavals bedeviling our people and our nation” she said.
She also noted that, the division between party members must end as the party must unite ahead of 2019 general elections.
“ I do not want to hear about Team Harambe or Team Swapo anymore. Swapo must not lose the upcoming election, so the time is now for everyone to unite and rally behind the party,” she said.
She added that the Central Committee have already established structure in form of preparatory committees tasked, “with various aspects of Congress preparations”.
“The Office of the Secretary General is hereby informing the delegates to the 6th Ordinary Congress that no replacement is allowed and therefore the emphasis that only on those who attended the 6th Ordinary Congress of Swapo Party in 2017 will attend the Extraordinary Congress,” she added. ...

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18 hours ago

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Big reward offered for information

Niel Terblanche
Theft of N$201 000 from a branch of Agra in Malthöhe at the beginning of last week has the Namibian Police still looking for the perpetrators of the break-in.
Since then Agra has announced that a reward of N$40 000 will be paid to the person who can assist the police in tracing the thieves.
According to Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the Namibian Police’s Public Relations Division the incident occurred last Monday between 03:00 and 04:00.
“It is alleged that the suspects gained entry through the roof of the building after they cut it open with a sharp object. Thereafter they used an angle grinder to open the safe and they managed to steal N$201 000 in cash. After looting the cash the perpetrators got into a waiting getaway car and fled the scene.
Chief Inspector Shikwambi said that anyone with reliable and tested information which will lead to the successful apprehension and prosecution of the perpetrators will receive the reward money.
“Investigations are underway however thus far no arrest has been made. We thus request anyone with information to urgently contact the Namibian Police.”
She said such persons are requested to contact Deputy Commissioner Eric Clay on 081 129 8473 or the nearest Police Station. ...

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1 day ago

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Looting pandemonium erupts in Usakos

Niel Terblanche
Hundreds of looters descended on a special railway car in Usakos and carried away more than 40 tonnes of wheat despite member of the Namibian Police firing several shots in the air to disperse them.
The railway car was part of a train carrying loose grains of wheat in bulk from the Walvis Bay harbour to be grounded down at Namib Mills in Windhoek to make flour for bread.
According to an eye witness the looters came on foot as well as in vehicles of all shapes and sizes and even brought hundreds of bags to gather the loose grains of wheat. The looters removed the loading doors from the top of the railway car to get to the loot in the cargo hold.
Some of the wheat leaked out of a faulty gate mechanism on the journey through the Namib Desert. The cargo carrying railway car was left at a siding in Usakos for technicians to repair the faulty gate mechanism used for offloading bulk grain at the bottom of the cargo hold.
Security guards assigned to safeguard the railway car and its precious cargo was soon overwhelmed by the looters. When members of the local police arrived on the scene, they fired off several shots in the air to disperse the crowd but the people simply continued their looting undeterred and reportedly told the police officers that the Festive Season started early this year. ...

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1 day ago

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Panga killer gets life plus a year

Eba Kandovazu
The 32-year-old Levi Haneb, the self-confessed killer from Outjo, was sentenced to life imprisonment earlier on Tuesday for the senseless murder of his girlfriend two years ago.
During his trial Haneb admitted to murdering 28-year-old Ingnesia Ais with a panga while he was free on bail on counts of assault and threatening to kill her on a previous occasion.
Before hacking the woman to death in the most gruesome way the convicted person locked the victim in her room. During the brutal attack the victim sustained mortal wounds to her head and neck. She also sustained deep gashes on her arms and hands while attempting to defend herself.
Before actually killing her, Haneb’s violence towards Ais landed him in jail on a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and assault by threat. He was free on bail with the matter still pending before court when he murdered Ais. Judge Alfred Siboleka added a six month prison term for each of these previous charges on top of the life sentence and ordered that the sentences will not run concurrently.
A convicted person is eligible for parole after serving 25 years on condition of good behaviour while incarcerated.
To date, the remorseless Haneb did not apologise to the deceased woman’s family, nor has he contributed to her funeral costs.
Defence lawyer Jan Wessels represented Haneb, with Advocate Cliff Lutibezi representing the State.
REMORSELESS: Levi Haneb, Photo: Contributed ...

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