Town hall nearly ready for Covid patients

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08 July 2021 | Local News

Ciske Howard; ERC Chairperson; “We will be ready to take in our first patients on Monday”

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The Tamariskia town hall is nearly ready to take in Covid-19 patients.

Speaking at the Covid-19 bi-monthly media briefing hosted by the Office of the Erongo governor, chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council (ERC), Ciske Howard, said that the equipment for the facility has started to arrive.

“We will be ready to take in our first patients on Monday. We are starting with 15 beds. Five additional specialised beds with patient monitors and more will be added later,” she said.

Howard, who is also the regional councillor for the Swakopmund constituency, added that the use of the facility will be free and it will be open to state and private patients.

“We have many residents who don’t have medical aid and others who are sitting at home stressing about the virus. It is ideal for people like these to come to the facility where there are nurses on the floor and volunteers looking after them,” she said adding that it is important that a doctor monitors them, “because many people return home only to infect their entire families”.
She emphasised that patients without a doctor’s referral will not be taken in at the facility.

Other towns like Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, Okahandja as well as the capital have also set up these kinds of facilities.

District hospitals in the region have reportedly been reaching capacity, especially in Swakopmund where the demand for hospitalisation due to the Covid pandemic is high.

The initiative is a welcome boost in a time when the number of Covid-19 positive cases are rapidly increasing in the region.
This initiative is part of a larger plan by the task force introduced by Howard as a way of mitigating Covid-19.

“The task force was created overnight just to make sure that we cover as much ground as possible. I have got a phenomenal team of community members together and assisting,” said Howard.

Apart from the refurbishment of the Tamariskia town hall into a medical facility, the task force also deals with other matters.

“At the moment we have got a medical team that is helping with the vaccine rollout. Then, I have a food team that is assisting in supplying food to the community as well we supply with food to the district hospital,” she explained.

“We understand the patients find it difficult to eat, because they are out of breath, specifically the Covid- patients, so we supply them with soup and light meals,” Howard added.

She further said that due to the inability to force anyone to get vaccinated, leaders need to rethink the current approach and tackle it differently.

“There is a reluctance of people to take the Covid-19 vaccine. So, we have decided to have vitamins and immune boosters to help those in the community who are reluctant to get vaccinated as an additional measure to help with their health.”

Howard, who is also the Swakopmund constituent regional councillor, urged the public to adhere to all Covid-19 preventative measures in order to stay safe, saying it is the quickest way society will get back to normality.

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