Erongo ready to tackle fourth wave if it comes

Sharlien Tjambari

The Erongo Region has sufficient health infrastructure in place to meet a possible fourth wave of Covid-19 head-on. In addition, three private facilities are also currently established and will even further add more bed capacity.

The Coordinator of the Covid-19 Vaccine Campaign in Erongo, Dr Leonard Kabongo, confirmed the coming into being of the three private facilities.
These are the NAMDOCK Covid-19 ward, Tamariskia Community Hall-ward and the Henties Bay Homebase Care Facility for Covid-19.  “We also have Omaruru Correctional Facility which has enough space and Omaruru Old Hospital which we have visited to see if it can be refurbished into serving as a Covid ward in the future”, further ex-plains Dr Kabonbo.
The health authority in Erongo targets to vaccinate 121 682 people in Erongo. So far, a total of 18 483 people have been vaccinated with the first dose of either Sinopharm or AstraZeneca. A further 7 507 have already received their second dose. Between 800 and 1 000 people get vaccinated per day.
The vaccination points for the Swakopmund District are as follows: Swakopmund District Hospital, Zum Kaiser Hotel, Platz am Meer Shopping Mall, Mondesa Clinic, Tamariskia Clinic, DRC Clinic, Henties Bay Clinic and Arandis Clinic.
Walvis Bay: Welwitschia Private Hospital, Narraville Lutheran Church, Kuisebmund HC, Mobile Teams and Fishing Companies.

In Omaruru, vaccination points are: Omaruru District Hospital, Community Hall, Okombahe, Okongwe, Omatjete clinics,
Usakos District Hospital.
Karibib Health Centre and at all clinics.
“Currently, all our equipment is functioning optimally, and we are able to carry on with normal activities like surgeries and theatre because we have enough oxygen. We have also seen a reduction in consumption of oxygen due to a lower number of cases and hospitalisations”.

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