More recoveries, fewer active cases

3 022 active cases

14 September 2020 | Health

Kalumbi Shangula; Health minister; “We continue to monitor the situation in schools…”

Namibia recorded 99 new Covid-19 cases, 150 recoveries and two more Covid-19 related deaths.

Health minster Kalumbi Shangula announced that 957 results were received, of which 49 of the new cases are male and 50 are female, with the youngest aged seven months and the oldest 83-years-old.

The cases are distributed as follows: Windhoek (60), Oshakati (6), Rehoboth (5), Walvis Bay (4), Usakos (1), Onandjokwe (4), Omuthiya (1), Engela (3), Eenhana (2), Keetmanshoop (3), Karasburg (1), Luderitz (1), Okakarara (2), Okahandja (1), Otjiwarongo (1), Outapi (2), Rundu (1) and Gobabis (1).

Shangula said his ministry has taken note of confirmed cases among students, learners and teachers. “Of the 9 818 confirmed cases, 732 (7%) were reported from educational institutions in 11 regions, 632 learners and students, and 100 teachers. The majority, 400 (55%) of these cases were reported from Khomas followed by Erongo 149 (20%) while Hardap and //Kharas recorded 27 (4%) and 24 (3%) respectively.”

The minister added that a few cases were reported from other regions except the Kavango West and Kunene, and that the ministry is monitoring the situation in schools.

Grade four, five and six learners returned to school on Monday. The pre-primary to grade three learners are expected back at school on 21 September.

The minister announced 150 new recoveries, the majority hailing from the Erongo region (130), //Kharas (12), Hardap (6) and Omaheke and one each from Oshana. Of the active cases, 19 are in a serious to critical condition.

In the Erongo region, one is seriously ill, while four are in a critical condition. In the Khomas region, five are seriously ill and eight are critical. In the Oshana region, one patient is in a serious condition.

The two deaths announced occurred in Windhoek. Both patients died in hospital and had comorbidities.

Fake news

The minister also set the record straight about an audio clip that has been circulating via social media purporting that the ministry of health is carrying out mandatory vaccination with an unspecified injection.

“This allegation is dangerous and must be rejected with contempt. The medicine, Remdesivir, which I informed the public about, is used for the treatment of patients with Covid-19 as I indicated earlier and as was clearly explained during the panel discussion by health experts.”

The minister emphasised that Remdesivir is not a vaccine, saying the ministry is carrying out its normal programmes and activities despite the presence of Covid-19.

“One of these activities is the Periodic Intensification of Routine Immunisation (PIRI) activities, which embodies Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and the African Vaccination Week. The two immunisation weeks have been internalised and implemented every year and form part of the ministerial events calendar.”

Shangula said that the main aim of the PIRI to increase quality mother and child health interventions.

“This includes family planning, maternal, neonatal, and child health services; and to improve nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene practices. The focus of these events has been to screen and vaccinate children and women of child-bearing age that were missed through routine services as guided by routine immunisation data. Other maternal and child health interventions, namely Vitamin A supplements, de-worming, nutritional assessment, counselling and condom distribution were added to the package.”

According to the minister, the audio clip circulating seeks to instil fear in the public and to dissuade Namibians from using these health services.

“I call on the public to maintain their faith in the government that is working tirelessly to ensure that their health and wellbeing are safeguarded. I also call on individuals to desist from making and circulating such misguided information that has the potential to cause fear and despondency in the public and not to expose themselves to criminal proceeding as such activities are criminal offences.”

Status
Cumulative confirmed cases - 9 818
Newly confirmed - 99
Recoveries - 6 693
Active cases - 3 022
Deaths - 103
Total samples tested - 81 307
Active contacts - 9 844
Cumulative number of people quarantined - 12 232
Number of quarantined people discharged - 11 173
Number of people in quarantine - 1 059

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