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Type Journal Article - International Journal of Medicine
Title Community diagnosis in Oshakati, Oshana Region-Namibia
Author(s)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 66-70
URL https://sciencepubco.com/index.php/IJM/article/view/7257
Abstract
This paper aimed to diagnose the community of Oshakati community in Oshana region in the northern part of the Republic of Namibia by
providing an overall picture of the local community and the residents’ concerns, the health problems and challenges and suggest priority
areas for health intervention and the feasible solutions.
A survey was conducted using self-administered questionnaires, face to face interviews, focus groups.
The main problems identified are: teenage pregnancies due to unprotected sex and early sexual behaviors, promiscuity by means of poverty,
alcohol and drug abuse resulting in stab wounds, uncontrolled behaviors, domestic violence, assault and crime, high levels of unemployment,
stress and depression, TB, HIV with growing number of orphans, diarrhea and respiratory infections.
The survey conducted in Oshakati has shown that the assessment of the community is useful in identifying the important problems and
needs for the community; the cultural, social, economic, environmental factors have to be considered for good health reform. The resources
are available and should be utilized for active participation of the people and implication of the authorities in health promotion by identifying
and prioritizing problems of the community they serve.

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