Health facilities top governor’s agenda
11 July 2021 | Local News
Neville Andre; Governor; “I would like to appeal to the business community to assist in complimenting government’s efforts…”
Erongo regional governor Neville Andre delivered the State of the Region address (SoRA) for the 2020/2021 financial year on Friday.
The governor said renovations of two wards at the Swakopmund district hospital have been completed. This includes the renovation of Ward 6 at Swakopmund district hospital that is used as an isolation facility, to the tune of N$577 797 as well as minor renovations of Ward 5 to prepare it an for isolation ward at the same hospital at a cost of N$204 207.
“The current surge in [covid] numbers is impacting our health care facilities and I would like to appeal to the business community in the Erongo region to assist in complimenting government’s efforts to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure and facilities in place to reduce the further spread of the virus,” he said.
As of 4 July, the Erongo region recorded 14 146 Covid-19 positive cases, including 234 healthcare workers.
“Of those, 12 355 have recovered, which brings our recovery rate to 87%. However, 257 citizens of the Erongo region have succumbed to the virus.”
Andre said N$26 663 673 has been set aside for the construction of a Neonatal Unit at Swakopmund district Hospital, which is due to be completed in February 2022.
In other towns in the region, health facilities have also been refurbished.
The isolation area at the Usakos hospital was renovated to the tune of N$258 353, while Ward A of the same hospital received plumbing work and renovations of the isolation area at Ward A at a cost of N$ 262 397.
Minor repairs were completed in April 2020 to the Omaruru isolation ward to the tune of N$147 632. The old nurses’ home at the Omaruru district hospital also went through some minor electrical renovations.
At the same hospital, minor renovations, worth N$358 000 were done to the Maternity Hospital Nurses home.
The construction of two (12x2 beds) self-contained isolation prefabricated isolation facilities in Walvis Bay was completed.
Minor renovation work was done to the Uis clinic to the tune of N$228 368.
The governor also urged residents to continue to adhere to all Covid-19 protocols even after they have received the jab.
“While we are pinning our hopes on a successful vaccination program, we must remain vigilant and not drop our guard against this pandemic. It is prudent that we wear our masks all the time, wash our hands, thoroughly, sanitize, avoid large gatherings, and keep a social distance.”
Andre emphasised that the vaccination campaign will take time to reach every resident of the region who needs it.
As of 30 June 2021, the cumulative number of those vaccinated stood at 15 037.
A total of 12 559 received their first dose, while 2478 received their second dose. This translates into vaccination coverage of over 10% for the first dose, and the coverage of those who are fully vaccinated amounts to 2% out of 121 682 target population.
Last year, the Erongo region was the first to witness an epicentre of Covid-19. The region also experienced the first community transmission and recording the first Covid-19 death.
These events propelled the governor to step up efforts to combat the further spread of the virus, especially through good health care delivery.