Covid-19-related deaths increasing at the coast

Fifteen recoveries

21 July 2020 | Health

Another three Covid-19 related deaths were announced today by the minister of health and social services Dr Kalumbi Shangula.

“We have lost three more lives due to Covid-19 in Walvis Bay. Our sincere condolences to the bereaved families. We wish them strength to cope with the burden of grief.”

The minister said that one of the deceased patients had been admitted at the Walvis Bay state hospital and the other two patients were admitted at the Welwitschia private hospital. They were tested and confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.

Shangula also announced 22 new Covid-19 cases of whichever 16 are from Walvis Bay, five from Swakopmund and one from Windhoek.

Seventeen of the newly recorded cases are males and five are females. The youngest patient is 22 and the oldest one is 64 years old.

The case reported in Windhoek involves a patient who was referred from Walvis Bay to Windhoek central hospital on 15 July 2020.

“At the time she was referred, she had tested negative. However, when she was tested again at the central hospital on 15 July 2020, the result returned positive on 20 July 2020. She travelled back to Walvis Bay on 17 July 2020, after being attended to at the Windhoek Central Hospital.”

The case reported in Katima Mulilo that the ministered announced yesterday involves a health care worker at a local clinic.
“We have a record number of fifteen recoveries in total. They are cases 562, 584, 577, 575, 572, 569, 548, 545, 544, 557, 543, 554, 552, 549 and 565. They have been discharged,” said the minister.

Mobile clinic

Mathias Braune, the CEO of Welwitschia Hospital, announced that the hospital will be setting up a mobile Covid-19 ward.

“We are now operating two separate sections within the Welwitschia Hospital. One section is dedicated to our Covid-19 patients and the other to our non-Covid-19 patients. Each section has its own entrance, screening section, passages, wards, and staff. We have implemented stringent infection prevention and control measures to prevent cross-contamination between the two sections.”

Braune explained that the Covid-19 section of the hospital has an assessment zone for patients who have any Covid symptoms and enquiries.

The entrance for this Zone is opposite Dr Blazic’s consulting room. “The section has its own wards with 33 beds, of which nine are for our patients who require ventilation and critical care. Unfortunately, this section is now just about filled with patients, but we have found a container-based system to add 40 more beds within the next few days.”

This mobile ward is currently being built and will be operational soon.

“The temporary mobile ward will not be what one would typically expect to see in a private hospital, but I can assure you that the rooms will be fully equipped and staffed with our best people who will provide you with the trusted care you deserve,” said Braune.

He gave the assurance that the non-Covid-19 and general health section of Welwitschia hospital remains a safe space.

“It has its own casualty, wards, operating theatres, and ICUs. This section remains a safe space for all patients who have not contracted the novel coronavirus and need treatment for other conditions.”

He also encouraged community members to keep safe and look out for one another by wearing masks, practising social distancing, and washing their hands.

“We need to care for each other now more than ever.”

The status of Covid-19 in Namibia is as follow:
Cumulative confirmed cases - 1 366
Newly confirmed - 22
Recoveries - 57
Active cases - 1 302
Deaths - 7
Total samples tested - 18 454
Active contacts - 1 990
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 4 725 Number of quarantined people discharged - 4 077 Number of people in quarantines - 64

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