Active case identification exercise ongoing

Governors’ update

27 June 2020 | Health

The governor of the Erongo region Neville Andre called on community members and employers to cooperate with healthcare workers during the Covid-19 Active Case Identification Exercise (ACIE) taking place in Walvis Bay.

Data gathered during this exercise will be used to plan response activities for the region.

“This exercise is aimed at the targets. Please be patient and give your necessary support to the healthcare workers who are conducting the testing. The main purpose of the exercise is to establish the extent of transmission in the Walvis Bay Local Authority area, including Utuseb,” Andre explained.

The investigation targets locations that are densely populated as well as vulnerable persons who interact with the community as they conduct their daily jobs and offer essential services.

These include health care workers in all health facilities, pharmacies, cashiers, tellers, receptionists, security guards, cleaners, security cluster personnel, shop attendants, bank employees, barber shop and salon workers, car wash workers, informal traders, taxi drivers, ship operators/staff, factory workers that comply with the testing participant criterion, show symptoms and are suspected to have been in contact with positive cases.

The exercise already commenced and on the first day some teething problems were experienced. Most of the problems experienced during the rollout have however been resolved.

“We are overwhelmed by the response from Walvis Bay residents to the targeted testing exercise and will continuously update all stakeholders on the implementation and outcome of the exercise,” said the governor.

Contact Tracing

The governor said that 1229 people were tested of which 57 were positive and 1172 were tested negative since the first case was identified in the region and until Thursday. Contact trace testing is being conducted by the ministry of health and social services.

Quarantine and Isolation Facilities

The governor reported that the initiative by Erongo Corona Care to convert the garages at the Kondja Ward into an isolation facility as part of phase one, has been completed.

“Bedding and other equipment has been put in place. This facility will officially be handed over to Government next week.”

He also gave the assurance that there was sufficient capacity to respond to the current state of infections in Walvis Bay.

“The Kondja Ward facility will be accommodating people as from next week. The ministry of health and social services has added to the isolation capacities which is ready for use.”

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