‘Get vaccinated’ president urges

02 August 2021 | Government

Returning to a measure of normalcy is within reach if Namibia succeeds with its vaccination campaign.

“But in order for us to succeed, we must fully deploy all the measures at our disposal to bring an end to this devastation. Achieving a victory against Covid-19 is within our reach. However, victory can only come about through a disciplined, concerted and collective effort involving all Namibians. Now is the time to strengthen our resolve and keep fighting to defeat Covid-19 and commence with rebuilding our economy,” president Hage Geingob said.

He again urged Namibians to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Vaccination remains an important weapon in our arsenal. I, therefore, reiterate my call upon all Namibians who are eligible, to get vaccinated and help to save lives.”

Misinformation

The president called on Namibians not to allow vaccine scepticism to curtail efforts to reduce new infections and thus opening up and returning the country to normalcy.

“I am aware of what has been called an “infodemic” of misinformation in the form of campaigns to deliberately propagate false information about Covid-19 vaccines. Let us not be swayed by those who aim to capitalise on unfounded fears and dissuade our people from being vaccinated. We must act wisely, act responsibly, act selflessly and act now.”

The president said that Namibians owe it to themselves, their loved ones, communities and the nation at large, to get vaccinated.

Geingob also cautioned those who have been vaccinated to continue to take all necessary precautions and not to adopt a carefree attitude.

“You still have a responsibility to protect the broader community. Our health experts advise us to behave in a manner that protects our families and our communities. In this context, wearing masks, practicing physical distance and hand hygiene must continue.”

The president said that the target is to vaccinate at least 1.5 million of eligible Namibians or 60% of the population by 31 March 2022, to attain herd immunity.

He emphasised that while respecting the health choices of the individual, Namibians find themselves in a unique and rather complex crisis, in which the decisions of the individual has bearing on the collective.

Vaccination rate increases marginally

Geingob said that the national vaccination rate, for persons fully vaccinated, has increased marginally from 1.3% two weeks ago, to the 1.8% vaccine population coverage.

“Those who received the first dose have increased from 5% to 6.1% over the same period. This is attributable to a rising rate of daily vaccinations, which currently stands, on average, at 3 082 doses administered daily,” the president said.

Geingob highlighted that access to vaccines has been significantly bolstered by the intensification of the vaccination drive across all parts of the country, including through the innovative drive-through facility in Windhoek, a private sector initiative led by the Gondwana Collection.

Strengthening capacity

In other news, the prime minister commissioned the field hospital at Katutura hospital, a 77-bed facility funded by the private sector.

The old Namibia Institute of Pathology building, adjacent to Katutura state hospital has been renovated, adding 46 beds to the isolation facilities. This adds an additional 123 beds to provide care.

More isolation facilities are also being built in regions where the need exists.

Testing

The president emphasised the importance of testing for Covid-19 “Namibia maintains a high level of testing coverage. We have one of the highest testing levels on the continent, with a testing rate of 239 people tested, per thousand persons. We are third on the continent, after South Africa and Gabon. Testing is important because it enables us to find new infection clusters and thus to target interventions accordingly.”

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