Harbour town welcomes Covid-19 recovery

Remarkable feat

03 July 2020 | Health

Mathias Braune; Welwitschia Hospital CEO; “This particular gentleman is an absolute fighter.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


The Covid-19 pandemic has created an influx of panic with negative news dominating the headlines.

However, residents of Walvis Bay have reason to celebrate with the news that Case 22 been discharged from the Welwitschia hospital in the harbour town.

Rudi Witulski (63) spent more than a month in intensive care, of which three weeks were on a ventilator, his physician Dr Andrey Kornilov said.

Staff members at the hospital formed a guard of honour in the passage and sang gospel songs as Wituliski made his way to freedom in a wheelchair.

His visibly emotional wife joined him halfway and accompanied him on his way out of the hospital.

Kornilov said Witulski was a tough case. He commended his nursing staff in addition to water-tight preparation and procedures that aided the patient’s recovery.

“We knew a severe case was bound to happen at some time and when it did, we were prepared,” Kornilov said.

The doctor explained that ventilation and personalized treatment is of utmost importance in dealing with Covid-19 positive cases.

“We adjusted the patient’s treatment at least once a day during his time under the care of Welwitschia hospital. Triumphs over viral pneumonia and other ailments of the lungs were a beacon of hope in treating Witulski, who suffers from pre-existing health conditions. This makes his recovery even more remarkable.”

Kornilov added that the condition of a second Covid-19 positive patient being treated at the hospital, is stable. He also warned that pandemic’s peak in the country was still coming.

The chief executive officer of the Welwitschia hospital, Matthias Braune, paid tribute to his healthcare staff and credits the patient’s unwavering spirit for the recovery. “This particular gentleman is an absolute fighter,” Braune said.

He added that Witulski’s care was an “emotional rollercoaster” for his staff. “The mental wellbeing of our staff is a major challenge in this time.”

Braune explained that the hospital has been proactive in ensuring the mental health of its staff. “We have a psychologist from Windhoek who uses a plan created by the University of Stellenbosch. She presents classes for our staff, especially the frontline workers. Our employees are the solution in fighting Covid-19.”

The CEO was overjoyed by a congratulatory message received from the minister of health and social services, Kalumbi Shangula. “Let me congratulate you and the entire brigade that took care of him [Witulski] under trying circumstances,” the minister wrote to Braune in a message.

Win some, lose some

However, along with this positive news, Shangula also announced 42 new Covid-19 positive cases this morning, of which 41 of the entirely Namibian group are from Walvis Bay, with one hailing from Windhoek.

Twenty cases are known to have had contact with existing cases, while 24 showed signs consistent with Covid-19. Case 24 joins case 22 in recovery.

Currently the national statistics are as follows:
Confirmed cases: 335
Newly confirmed cases: 42
Recoveries: 25
Active cases: 310
Deaths: 0
Total samples tested: 10 253
Samples tested yesterday: 592
Active contacts: 1076
Cumulative number of people quarantined: 3917
Number of quarantine patients discharged: 3023
Patients currently in quarantine: 894

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