KFSH&RC Welcomes Dr. Björn Zoéga as New Deputy CEO

KFSH&RC Welcomes Dr. Björn Zoéga as New Deputy CEO
King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Björn Zoéga as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 01 April 2024. This strategic move is set to accelerate KFSH&RC’s aspiration of becoming a leading healthcare institution on the global stage, leveraging Dr. Zoéga’s notable career and proven track record of leadership in top-tier medical institutions.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Björn Zoéga as Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 01 April 2024. This strategic move is set to accelerate KFSH&RC’s aspiration of becoming a leading healthcare institution on the global stage, leveraging Dr. Zoéga’s notable career and proven track record of leadership in top-tier medical institutions.

As the former CEO of the internationally renowned Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden, Dr. Zoéga played a pivotal role in upholding the institution’s high standards and global recognition as the second highest rated among European hospitals and seventh best worldwide according to Newsweek’s ranking of the World’s Best Hospitals 2024. His administration at Karolinska was marked by innovative strategies and excellence in healthcare delivery—all which he is posed to enrich within KFSH&RC.

Dr. Zoégabrings decades of healthcare management and clinical expertise to KFSH&RC, having spearheaded operations as CEO of the National University Hospital of Iceland and the Stockholm Spine Center. His experience and faculties in research and education are also invaluable, given his former roles as President and Board Chairman of the EU-Cervical Spine Research Society and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Alvotech.

As Deputy CEO, Dr. Zoéga will serve as chief lead of KFSH&RC’s healthcare delivery and research and innovation groups, following on the hospital’s commitment to integrating global best practices in healthcare and pursuing cutting-edge medical research and technology.

KFSH&RC extends its invitation to the community, partners, and stakeholders to welcome Dr. Björn Zoéga, as the institution embarks on a promising new chapter in healthcare, committed to fostering a brighter and healthier future for all.

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Twenty-eight rhinos poached in three months

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) has recorded a total of 28 rhinos poached since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, no case of elephant poaching was recorded.

In a press statement issued on Monday, MEFT spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said 19 of the rhinos were poached in the Etosha National Park of which 10 were discovered during dehorning operations throughout March.

Muyunda, also confirmed recent reports of four white rhino poached on a private farm in the Otjozondjupa Region, bringing the total number of rhinos poached on private farms in the country to five, for the year.

Muyunda said three rhinos were poached at rhino custodianship farms, and one in the Kunene Region bringing the overall total to 28 for the year – consisting of 19 black and nine white rhinos.

‘Poaching in Etosha is particularly concerning because this is our flagship park, having a high concentration of rhino conservation and other high-value species making it a major attraction for tourists,’ he said.

He add
ed that based on the current situation and the urgency, an assessment is being undertaken in Etosha to establish the full extent of the problem.

The ministry, he said remains committed to fighting poaching at all costs to ensure it achieves its obligation of protecting the country’s wildlife to benefit the current and future generations of Namibia.

Muyunda further said that to strengthen interventions and sharpen its strategies moving forward, MEFT has called for an urgent high-level meeting with the security clusters to dissect the matter.

He also called on all stakeholders including members of the public to ‘summon their conscience and patriotism’ and join the ministry in this difficult fight against the poaching of high-value species.

He said no arrests were made in the recent cases so far, but cases were opened and investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Man assaulted to death in bar

WINDHOEK: A 33-year-old male was assaulted to death at a bar in Omulunga Street in Windhoek, Hakahana on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Immanuel Tukondjele Shimwetheni, a crime report issued by the Namibian Police Force stated.

‘It is alleged that the incident of murder took place at about 23h55. The victim was allegedly assaulted in a bar with an unknown object by two suspects. It was reported that the man fell on a table of alcohol, resulting in the falling of the alcohol, which aroused a confrontation between the deceased and the suspects,’ said the report.

His next of kin were informed, and the two suspects were arrested.

Furthermore, Priscilla Skrywer, a 64-year-old died after she was allegedly stabbed by her nephew with a kitchen knife on her left chest. The incident reportedly took place at Farm Uiseb in the Rehoboth district at about 18h00 on Sunday.

‘It is alleged that the suspect got involved in an argument with his aunt (the victim) resulting in the victim grabbing a piece of firewood
and beating the suspect in the face whereby the suspect retaliated by stabbing the [elderly woman]. The suspect fled the scene and was not yet arrested.

Police investigations continue.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Security guard shoots and kills intruder with shotgun

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Oshikoto Region have opened a case of murder against a 25-year-old security guard after he reportedly shot and killed an unknown man with a shotgun.

According to NamPol’s Head of Crime Prevention in the region, Deputy Commissioner Wynand Neels on Tuesday, the incident happened around 00h35 at Onanke village in the Omuntele Constituency.

The deceased is unknown at this stage and his lifeless body was taken to the Omuthiya mortuary for a post-mortem to be conducted. The next of kin were not yet informed.

‘It is alleged that the man was trying to break into the room of a female occupant who is an employee of a mini market, and the occupant woke up and sent a text message to a security guard on duty at the workplace informing him that someone is trying to break into her room,’ reported Neels.

He said the summoned security guard went to the place being broken into and he and the shop employee found the intruder (deceased) hiding in the toilet. When he saw them he tried
to escape and the security guard fired a warning shot to stop him from fleeing, however the intruder continued fleeing.

‘The guard fired a shot in the direction of the fleeing suspect and the bullet struck him on the upper chest and he died on the spot,’ Neels said.

The security guard is arrested and detained at Omuthiya Police Station, while the investigation is still at an early stage.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Man’s lifeless body discovered at Omaruru

WINDHOEK: The body of a 29-year-old man was found hanging on Friday from his room’s ceiling at Omaruru’s Ozondje location in the Erongo region.

He was identified as Richard Murotua.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in an incident report recently alleged that the Murotua’s lifeless body was discovered hanging from the roof of his room with an electric cable around his neck.

No suicide note was found and no foul play is suspected.

His next of kin was informed.

In a similar incident, the lifeless body of 27-year-old Leopolo Hambata was discovered hanging from a tree in the Northern Industrial Area in Katutura on Friday.

‘It is alleged that a taxi driver saw a stationary taxi alongside the gravel road and upon closer inspection he realized that the taxi was locked and no one was inside. When he scanned the surroundings, he saw the body of the deceased hanging in a nearby tree,’ said the report.

No foul play is suspected and his next of kin was informed of his death.

Police investigations in both matters

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Diop wants more women in higher political positions

The Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Bineta Diop has encouraged African women to take up higher positions in politics.

Diop in a recent interview with Nampa strongly articulated and advocated for the promotion of women leaders, emphasizing the existing political will and the abundance of policies, such as the equality principle at the AU.

The special envoy, while referencing the historic election of former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, underscored that it is time to translate this will into action by electing more women into leadership positions, particularly at the highest levels.

‘Women are just as competent in their capacity to lead, drawing from their roles in liberation movements, peacemaking endeavours and development agendas, can be transformative and have a great impact,’ she expressed.

The chairperson further emphasised the transformative impact of women in leadership roles, while acknowledging the efforts of past female leaders
in various African nations and the establishment of networks like the Africa Women Leaders Network.

Diop also strongly commended and supported Namibia’s efforts in enabling women leadership by advocating for its first female president Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, adding that the country is indeed ready for female leadership.

‘By bringing a different perspective to the table and prioritising human security dimensions such as education and healthcare access, women leaders can drive meaningful change in society.

We therefore urge for the acceleration of implementation towards achieving gender parity in leadership roles.’

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security Bankole Adeoye acknowledged Diop’s sentiments, adding that the recent AU seminar on high-level peace and security which took place at Swakopmund adopted the Swakopmund Process, which is aligned with the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, further solidifying the commitment to advancing the agenda of women, peace and security.

ording to Adeoye, the endorsement of the Swakopmund Process by the AU Peace and Security Council marks a significant milestone, signifying an ongoing commitment to championing women’s causes in peace and security.

‘This initiative, to be held annually or biannually across five regions, will serve as a platform to amplify the voices of women in advancing peace and security agendas,’ he noted.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Biggest chunk of MURD budget goes to regional and local governments

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) has allocated over N.dollars 1.3 billion out of its total budget of N.dollars 2.6 billion to regional and local governments as well as the traditional authorities.

Recently motivating his ministry’s 2024/25 budget, Minister Erastus Uutoni informed parliament that over N.dollars 904 million in subsidies will support the operational and service delivery capacity of regional councils, local authorities, and traditional authorities.

The remaining N.dollars 362 million will be used for revision of the Local Authorities Act of 1992, the Councils of Traditional Leaders Act of 1997 and its Amendment Act No. 31 of 2000, and the Traditional Authorities Act of 2000.

The ministry is also finalising the development of the Urban Land Reform Policy and Strategy, he said.

Uutoni also said the money will be further spent on upgrading and constructing ten open markets in various localities, including Bukalo, Eenhana, Keetmanshoop, Okakarara, Omaruru, Omuthiya, Op
uwo, Oshivelo Settlement, and Outjo.

He said the ministry has also allocated N.dollars 16 million to fund activities related to the decentralisation of additional functions from ministries to regional councils.

‘In addition, over N.dollars 1.04 billion has been allocated towards supporting urban and regional planning, infrastructure, and housing development programmes. This allocation is part of the development budget amounting to N.dollars 1.203 billion,’ he said.

According to Uutoni, the ministry plans to spend N.dollars 360 million on massive urban land servicing countrywide, while N.dollars 193 million will be spent on upgrading informal settlements.

The ministry further allocated N.dollars 221 million for housing delivery through government-funded programmes such as the Mass Housing Development Programme and Build Together Programme and support to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.

‘The budgetary allocation to this programme will be deployed to sustain and scale up our existing and new policy
initiatives aimed at creating increased and inclusive access to and opportunities for land tenure security and decent housing for our citizens,’ he said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency