Andre wants hospital stigma to end

The governor praised healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to treat Covid-19 patients.

09 August 2020 | Health

Neville Andre; Governor; “Some people seem to have this false belief that if you go to hospital, you will die.”

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Erongo governor Neville Andre has called on the public to stop stigmatising hospitals at the coast due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is not fatal to visit any health facility at the coast. Some people seem to have this false belief that if you go to hospital, you will die. That is not true,” Andre said.

The governor also expressed his disappointment about the stigma which residents of the Erongo region receive due to the high number of cases particularly in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

“The citizens of the region are being stigmatized, particularly those from Walvis Bay, which is the epicentre. No one wants us to visit events at the coast,” said Andre.

The governor praised healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to ensure that Covid-19 patients recover.

“Now is not the time to spread fear but rather to share facts so that we can foster a better understanding of Covid-19. This includes how it can be prevented and how to access help for those who are affected,” he said.

In recent weeks Usakos and Omaruru joined the list of towns with confirmed cases in the Erongo region.

The governor said he was sure that colleagues in the regional health directorate have taken control over the situation in those two towns.

The governor sympathised with families who have lost loved ones as a result of Covid-19 and wished residents in the region who are Covid-19 positive a speedy recovery.

“The number of recoveries are an inspiring hope that working together we will beat Covid-19.”

According to statistics of the ministry of health and social services (MOHSS), the number of recoveries in the country increased steadily this week, from 187 recorded on Monday to 575 on Friday.

On Tuesday 211 recoveries were recorded, 556 on Wednesday and 563 on Thursday.