Erongo ready for potential fourth wave

Preparing for a surge

18 August 2021 | Health

Dr Leonard Kabongo; Health ministry; “We are in the process of approving three private Covid-19 facilities in the region.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The chief medical officer of the health ministry (MoHSS) in Erongo, Dr Leonard Kabongo, says that measures have been put in place to swiftly respond to a potential fourth wave of Covid-19 in the region.

According to Kabongo, part of the response includes providing additional space and infrastructure to accommodate potential patients.

“We are in the process of approving three private Covid-19 facilities in the region.”

He also said that improvements have been made for an anticipated demand for oxygen.

“The Swakopmund district hospital received a donation of a 2 ton bulk tank of oxygen from the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which supports existing infrastructure and it is working optimally.”

Kabongo added that there has been a reduction in the use of oxygen due to a decrease in the number of cases and hospitalisations.

MoHSS has also increased the number of onsite and mobile teams to assist with vaccinations.

“We are looking at a multi-sectoral response to community mobilization. We have also approached stakeholders for resource mobilisation.”

In the last two weeks, MoHSS received eight doctors, who have been appointed at the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay district hospitals.

“We have also received volunteers from the Red Cross Society, churches and staff member from the Erongo Regional Council. We are looking forward to receiving more volunteers from Project Hope and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group,” Kabongo said.

Status

As at 14 August, 17 545 cumulative Covid-19 cases have been reported in the Erongo region, with 410 deaths (2.4% mortality rate).
There are currently 465 active cases (96% recovery rate), of which 39 are hospitalised.

From the target population of 121 682, there are 18 483 residents in the Erongo region that have received a first dose of either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca, while 7 502 have received their second doses.

“By the end of September, we want to have 50 000 people vaccinated,” said Kabongo.

On average, the uptake of people who are getting vaccinated has increased from 800 to 1000 people daily.

“We still have a long way to go, but every day is a step.”

The regional health directorate is hopeful of reaching 25% of the total vaccination target by Friday, 20 August.

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