Stop undermining efforts against Covid - Geingob

Otis Daniels_Finck
"Combatting the Covid-19 virus is a huge undertaking that will require diligence and compliance, to overcome it," said president Hage Geingob on Thursday at the 39th Covid-19 public briefing on national response measures.

He urged Namibians to re-evaluation their attitudes and actions to rid themselves of behaviour that may undermine efforts of defeating the Covid pandemic. “Let us continue to maintain a regimented personal discipline of social and physical distancing, hand hygiene and wearing of face masks in public areas, in line with the health protocols. Let us also desist from spreading harmful and unscientific disinformation, which undermines the government’s efforts to protect lives and livelihoods.”

Geingob pointed out that the fourth wave, spurred by the outbreak of the Omicron variant in Namibia last November, was characterized by a "very high" transmission rate with moderate hospitalisations. “The invisible enemy remains in our midst. We will not be safe, as a nation and as the global community, until all citizens are safe,” he said.

The persident said it was notable that vaccine hesitancy persists and pointed out that Covid-19 vaccines are an effective measure to mitigate severe illness and death from infection. He therefore urged all eligible citizens to get vaccinated or get their booster shot as a means to bolster their immune. “This is a personal medical decision that should be considered in the greater interest of protecting the collective. Vaccination is our best chance to kick-start our economy.”

As of 11 January 2022, the coverage of fully vaccinated populations remained low in Zambezi (6%); Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto (all 9%); and Oshana (10%). The regions with the highest fully-vaccinated coverage are Hardap (23%); Kavango West and Omaheke at 19%; and Kunene and //Kharas regions at 18% each. The Khomas region records a fully vaccinated population coverage of only 17%.