MP Says Govt Should Save Babies From
March 13, 2003
Posted to the web March 13, 2003
AN opposition parliamentarian says if
Government can afford bailouts of N$1 billion for Air Namibia
it should be in a position to spend a few thousand dollars to
save unborn babies whose mothers are HIV-positive.
Congress of Democrats (CoD)
parliamentarian, Nora Schimming-Chase, on Tuesday raised the
issue during her contribution to the motion in the National
Assembly on ARV treatment for sufferers.
The motion was tabled by fellow CoD MP
"I rise today to join all MPs who
spoke in support of the motion by honourable Namises pleading
for the nationwide provision of ARV treatment for HIV-AIDS
patients," she said.
Schimming-Chase said "one dose of
an anti-retroviral drug administered to the mother within
eight hours before the birth of the baby, coupled with one
dose administered to the baby within eight hours after birth
is all it takes to try to save the life of a Namibian
"Mr Speaker, it is the duty of the
State, using tax contributions of it citizens, to take care of
these children. We cannot put a price on a Namibian baby while
we spend billions on the cost of an airline. We can spend
thousands on the life of a baby," she said.
Schimming-Chase said it was a shame and
tragic that the ruling party was accusing the CoD of trying to
"score political points" and of politicising the
HIV-AIDS debate because the disease affects all Namibians
irrespective of political affiliation.
The debate on the provision of HIV-AIDS
drugs was postponed to today.