Covid-19 test station for Walvis Bay

The landscape has changed for the fight against Covid-19 in Erongo. This is thanks to the joint efforts over many months of several corporates and institutions to establish a Covid-19 testing centre for the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) in Walvis Bay.

The testing centre will assist significantly to speed up Covid-19 testing in Walvis Bay (and the wider Erongo) and shorten the process to identify positive cases.
This testing centre is located at the Walvis Bay state hospital.
Sanlam Namibia in 2020 during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic funded the acquisition of two cargo containers for the Ministry of Health and Social Services that could be transformed into Covid-19 test laboratories.
With the assistance of the Robert Koch Institute which donated three CFX96 instruments and reagents, as well as conducting training in the use of the instruments, and FirstRand Namibia which funded the refurbishment of the containers, the test station was ready in a relatively short time period.
In fact, the project eventually stretched beyond Walvis Bay. A similar test station was established at Katima Mulilo and on Friday the health ministry handed the containers and test station to the NIP at Walvis Bay. A third station will soon be established at Keetmanshoop.
The handing over ceremony was attended by various local leaders last Friday, including the Governor of Erongo Neville Andre and Walvis Bay mayor Cllr. Trevino Forbes who cut the ribbon to signify the handover of the container.
In his keynote address Governor Andre stressed the importance of shorter turnaround times for test results, as this is key to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

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