Unified strategy needed to contain pandemic

Comprehensive approach

05 July 2020 | Local News

Swakopmund

The governor of the Erongo region Neville Andre says the best way to get the upper hand against Covid-19, is a comprehensive approach to fight it.

“I know we have been doing this over the past couple of months, but with the increase in cases we need to pause and take stock of what we have done, and how we can improve going forward. It is thus timely that we review our approach and develop a plan that will contain the virus.”

Andre said that Italy and Spain were the epicentre of the pandemic in March, adding that both countries faced the same daunting situation Namibians are in today, but that they managed to turn it around.

“At the peak of its epidemic, Spain had almost 10 000 cases a day, and Italy had more than 6 500 cases. Both countries brought their epidemics under control with a combination of leadership, humility, active participation by every member of society, and implementing a comprehensive approach. The difference in our case is that there are no deaths recorded yet. We therefore need to stand together and fight this pandemic.”

The governor said that he will task different constituency disaster management committees to come up with a comprehensive approach that will help contain the virus in the region.

“We need the continued bottom-up approach to ensure broader participation and ownership.”

Andre expressed his gratitude to Namdock for converting garages and a storeroom into isolation wards. He thanked the Namibian Defence Force for availing their well-equipped military field hospital, which includes 18 beds and an intensive care unit facility and medical personnel.

“These are the type of contributions we need. All these efforts will further supplement our needs for beds as the figures increase.”

The governor provided an updated on the food distribution program under the Office of the Prime Minister, which will resume and target identified households.

“These households were identified through the offices of the constituency councillors and municipalities. I inspected the warehouse at Karibib where the parcels are stored. Each parcel consists of maize meal, pumpkins, tinned fish, sugar, tea and cooking oil. Food distribution already started in Arandis and Walvis Bay on Monday and were extended to Henties Bay on Thursday.”

Andre thanked the Namibian Defence Force for availing their trucks for this exercise.

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