Increasing Covid cases put pressure on health facilities

Intervention needed

21 June 2021 | Local News

Neville Andre; Regional governor; “All indications are that the region’s state health facilities are full to capacity.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Erongo regional governor Neville Andre says the surge in Covid-19 cases is putting pressure on the region’s health facilities.
He made these remarks during his bi-weekly media briefing on Monday (21 June).

The Erongo region has recorded a cumulative figure of 10 389 cases of which 9 305 (90%) are recoveries along with 143 Covid-19 deaths up to 14 June. There are currently 891 active cases, of which 125 are hospitalized, including eight each in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay intensive care units.

Despite these seemingly lower than expected figures, Andre says that more adequate planning is needed to make sure that the virus is contained. “All indications are that the region’s state health facilities are currently filled to capacity, especially in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, which puts more pressure on oxygen provision, human resources and other important equipment such as ventilators.”
A total of 224 healthcare workers also tested positive in the region.

“All indications show that the third wave is amongst us. This variant of the virus is no joke as it has shown over the past couple of weeks that unlike the first two variants, it takes no time.

“We therefore need to be much more hands on in our approaches to mitigate the further spread of the virus.”

Andre said that the economy cannot afford another lockdown and pleaded with the region’s residents to adhere to Covid-19 protocols and regulations. “Do not attend large public gatherings; in the case of funerals, rather send a message of condolence. We are living in abnormal times, which calls on us to embrace the times we are living in. Let’s stay home, wash our hands and keep a social distance. It takes personal discipline and commitment to fight the virus.

“Our lives matter; we need to safeguard the safety of our families and loved ones.”

He also encouraged residents of the region to get vaccinated. “More needs to be done to encourage that our people take the vaccines.”

Despite increasing cases in the region, Erongo has not been placed under lockdown unlike the local authorities of Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth.

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