Covid-19 positive mum fears for wellbeing of her children

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22 June 2020 | Health

Anna Doeses; Mother; “Everyone on my list, except my children, was tested yesterday and today…”

Walvis Bay •[email protected]


After testing positive for Covid-19, a mother of two says she was told to “make a plan with her children”, since they cannot accompany her to isolation.

Anna Doeses (not her real name) from Walvis Bay is the mother of a 9-month old baby and a 3-year old.

She was informed of her Covid-19 positive status on Sunday.

A very distraught Doeses recounted what transpired when she went to the hospital on Thursday after she started feeling unwell.

“I was tested for the virus on Friday and was informed of my results telephonically on Sunday. I was called on Monday by a social worker and was told that an ambulance will pick me up and take me to an isolation facility. I told her I have kids. Her response was that I should find someone to look after them, since they cannot come with me.”

Doeses says she decided to move to her boyfriend’s place who is out of town. She alleges that everyone she was renting with was showing Covid-19 symptoms too.

“I was told to self-isolate until I get my results and cannot ask the people I live with on the same yard to take care of my children. They are waiting for their test results. Where will I find someone out of the blue to take care of my kids?”

According to Doeses, her children were not tested for Covid-19 yet.

“I listed all the people that I was in contact with. My children are at the top of the list. Everyone on my list, except my children, was tested yesterday and today. I fear for my children.”

The minister of health and social services, Dr Kalumbi Shangula, upon inquiry at the presidential briefing on Monday, said that a situation such as that of Doeses is handled on a case by case basis.

“We look at the wellbeing of the child first. To the ministry, the interest of the baby is paramount.”

On Friday, a 10-year old girl was left alone in an isolation facility after she tested positive for Covid-19.

Social workers had to intervene after the child became hysterical. Apparently her family was isolated at another facility.

Since Saturday, the health director of the Erongo region, Anna Jonas, has not provided any feedback on questions posed to her.

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