Private sector mobilises in fight against Covid-19

Private sector mobilises in fight against Covid-19

More and more stakeholders in the coast’s private sector are mobilising to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the fight against Covid-19.

Namibia is in the midst of a deadly and devastating third wave of Covid-19, prompting stakeholders in the private sector to add their weight to the Ministry of Health and Social Services which is battling relentlessly to prevent hospitals and morgues being overwhelmed with victims.
In Henties Bay, a temporary care facility for Covid-19 patients awaiting transfer to Swakopmund has gone operational now. An initiative was launched two weeks ago under the leadership of Erongo Regional Councillor for the Swakopmund Constituency, Cllr. Ciske Smith-Howard to transform an uninhabited house into a care facility.
Thanks to her Covid 19 task team and donations and efforts by several individuals and businesses at the coast this care facility offers a bed to patients, oxygen, linen and meals.
The same effort was duplicated to Swakopmund to transform the Tamariskia community hall into a temporary care facility for Covid-19 patients waiting to be admitted to hospitals. This facility too thanks to the gallant efforts by individuals and businesses in the private sector will be ready to take in its first patient on Monday (July 2021). (Also see report in this regard elsewhere in today’s edition).
Also in Swakopmund, an initiative is up and running where soup meals are prepared daily for Covid-19 patients. That is both for people hospitalised as well as the sick who are at home unable to cook for themselves or being able to go out into the public to visit a shop for food.
This initiative is also driven by Cllr. Smith-Howard, the Ecke family and Food Lovers Market among others. By day end yesterday just over 45 liters of soup were delivered to patients. This effort is also steadily gaining momentum as support flows in.
In Walvis Bay, Mrs. Michelle Crawford-Terblanché is coordinating the Ciske’s Task Force Soup Kitchen.
The first 100 soup meals were delivered to patients at the Walvis Bay state hospital yesterday morning. Mrs. Crawford-Terblanché will be handling all donations of vegetables, dried beans, dried lentils, fruit, chicken and red meat, as well as cash donations which is needed to fund logistics like styro-foam cups etc (Michelle Crawford Terblanché: 081 639 0456).
Multisave Walvis Bay Self Service committed to the daily donation of bread to assist in the Walvis Bay soup kitchen’s efforts).
Mrs. Ziska Mostert, on behalf of the Joint Walvis Bay Residents Association, coordinates the provision of meals from this soup kitchen to patients isolated or recovering at home. (Ziska Mostert 081 350 7737).
The reason why soup meals were chosen is the fact that Covid-19 patients often don’t have the energy to chew food, and prefer liquid nutrition to aid in nourishment.
Volunteers are needed to peel vegetables, assist with general tasks in the kitchen and transporting the meals. and .
Also see report in this regard elsewhere in today’s edition.
Local marine ship repair service provider Namdock delivered a fitted reefer container to the Ministry of Health and Social Services earlier this week which will be utilised as a temporary morgue facility at the Walvis Bay state hospital (also see report elsewhere in today’s edition).

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