Covid screening and isolation facility for harbour town

Welcome gesture

25 September 2020 | Health

Augusto Gawab; Doctor; “Previously we used a 1-bed facility housed in a small room.”

Walvis Bay

Sanlam handed over an 8-bed Covid-9 screening and isolation facility to the ministry of health and social services in Walvis Bay.

The facility, which is housed in two converted containers, is intended for patients arriving with symptoms and signs of being infected with Covid-19 at the state hospital in the town.

The two containers were refurbished at a cost of N$278 000. Both are equipped with fully functional toilets, showers, wash basins, air conditioners, beds and bedding. The units can house eight people at any given time.

“This is another example of how resourceful, generous and committed our stakeholders are in assisting government in the fight against Covid-19,” said deputy mayor of Walvis Bay Penelope Martin-Louw. “It shows that we don’t need to wait for the world to come to our rescue.”

She said that the fight against Covid-19 cannot be fought by government alone.

“Namibians should now be more determined to be at the forefront of exercising maximum personal responsibility and vigilance. This means that although our industries are slowly picking up again, we must continue to be cautions in our communities.”

The regional director for the ministry of health Anna Jonas emphasised that health was a shared responsibility.

“My office has been eagerly waiting to start making use of the facilities, which has been on site at the Walvis Bay state hospital for some time now. The facility will go a long way to assisting to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Walvis Bay, which was the epicentre of the virus for four months.”

Dr Augusto Gawab thanked Sanlam and welcomed the donation with open arms.

“We really appreciate this gesture. Previously we used a 1-bed facility housed in a small room. This facility will allow us to do much more. The facility could also be used as a Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI) clinic.”

Staff screening

Hileni Kanime, the chief administrative officer for Walvis Bay state hospital, said that staff can also be screened at the new facility before going to the transition ward, adding that it is imperative that Namibians do not relax their guard despite having things under control.

“We need to adhere to precautionary measures with regard to the pandemic more than ever now, since we do not know when the pandemic will be eliminated.”

Sanlam agency manager Alix Husselmann said the company was happy to meet government half way and assist in addressing Covid.

“Sanlam has to date contributed a mobile van, personal protective equipment, surgical gowns and the isolation facility valued at N$1.29 million towards the efforts of the ministry of health. In total the company has contributed over N$3 million towards various Covid-19 initiatives throughout the country.”

One of the donated screening and isolation facilities is located in close proximity of the two block government constructed Covid-19 quarantine facility.

The facility was constructed at a cost of N$12 million and can accommodate 24 patients (12 females and 12 males). At the moment it accommodates six patients. The other block is completely empty.

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