A Hepatitis free DRC

Sharlien Tjambari

During the launch of a pilot project on a disinfectant hand sanitiser to the DRC informal settlement, the Health Ambassador Bernard Haufiku said he wants a Hepatitis-free DRC. The launch took place last week.

Officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Services, including and delegates from Blue Planet Investment Ag, Germany visited the DRC informal settlement to carry out a pilot project on a disinfectant hand sanitiser which is believed to be a solution to break the Hepatitis E outbreak and to see how the pilot project can be implemented and rolled out to address Hepatitis E outbreak.
The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Blue Planet Investment Alexander Lattmann said Eco-biotic is a producer of mineral, eco-friendly and non-toxic disinfectant solutions fit for human consumption. “Our solutions eliminate micro-organisms like germs, bacteria, viruses and all oxidizable hormone and antibiotic residues completely without the possible development of resistance. This disinfectant hand sanitiser is completely safe to use and does not have any side effects should you overdose; it is completely safe because you can even spray it in your mouth and won’t cause you any harm”.
Haufiku said: “When I was introduced to the product by the Minister of Health and Social Services Tjikero Tweya I had one problem with just buying the product, because I was not provided with a large scale environment where it worked in Africa in the context of Hepatitis E or any other viral outbreak so I had a bit of problem of purchasing the product and using it while it has not been proven in our context”.
Haufiku allegedly told the team from Blue Planet Investment that there is Hepatitis E outbreak in Namibia and the ministry can allocate an area in Namibia where the supplier (Blue Planet Investment) can prove at their own cost that the disinfectant hand sanitiser can work in a Namibian con-text, “which is obviously an African context and if that is proven then we can talk about buying the products. The group is now here to assess the environment and to look beyond sanitation, the condition in which people are living”.
The group visited the Erongo regional council where they had a presentation about the hand sanitiser, then they proceeded to the DRC Clinic which is run by only two nurses and provides services to over 5000 residents of DRC. A nurse at the Clinic, Beatrice Eiseb told namib times that they mostly cater for TB, HIV&AIDS, Immunisations and expecting mothers, but they are under-staffed, and the structure of the clinic is a challenge.
Haufiku and his visitors also visited Christenes Soup Kitchen to see if the little ones wash their hands the correct way before eating. Other issues of concern were also looked at.

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