Temporary morgue delivered in a record time for Walvis Bay

Rudi Bowe

Namdock, with the support from the local business community, responded to the need for a temporary mortuary for Erongo, to be established at the Walvis Bay state hospital.

The company converted and refurbished a 40-feet refrigerated container into a morgue, at a cost of N$200 000-00.
The facility can accommodate 50 bodies. The temporary morgue was handed over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services on at the Walvis Bay state hospital on Monday.
The Governor of Erongo, Neville Andre, said it is unfortunate that there is a need for a temporary morgue, but added under circum-stances this is a much-needed facility. He expressed gratitude for the effort by Namdock.
“We are concerned about the increase in hospitalisations. Fortunately, we invested in infrastructure last year, when Walvis Bay was the epicentre of the pandemic. That includes a prefabricated Covid-hospital and the con-version of garages on the premises of the state hospital into a Covid-ward”, said the Governor.
The Erongo Regional Health Director, Anna Jonas, said no one ever contemplated the Erongo Region would need mortuary space. Neither was it expected that it would be necessary for Walvis Bay.
“At the beginning we thought that only our cases would grow in Walvis Bay. Now the situation deteriorated in the Region and more morgue space is needed.” She expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders who made the temporary mortuary possible.
The Acting Senior Medical Officer at the Walvis Bay state hospital, Dr Agustus Gawab, said that the mortuary at the hospital has a capacity to store 10 bodies. There is an additional mobile facility that can accommodate a further six bodies.
“The mortuary at the hospital has become over-capacitated in recent days, and bodies had to be transferred to the Swakopmund mortuary”, explained Dr. Gawab. With increased morgue capacity in Walvis Bay, it would alleviate pressure on Swakopmund’s morgue.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer of Namdock, Heritha Nankole Muyoba, said the company is committed to assist wherever it can. When the need for additional morgue space was identified, the company wasted little time to acquire the necessary material and to have the morgue fabricated. Sub-contractors used by Namdock also gave their resources and service at no cost. One of them is J&P Hydraulics who assembled and installed the storage racks of the morgue.
“We received the materials on 3 July and started to work to meet the deadline of the delivery date”, explained the managing director of J&P Hydraulics, Mr. Allan Martin.
Namdock’s Marketing Manager, Mr. Quintin Simon, explained the project took less than a week, that was from acknowledging the need, rallying participation from business partner’s right up to final delivery to the Walvis Bay state hospital.
“This remarkable achievement is highly commendable. The community spirit is alive and well in Walvis Bay. Together we can and will make a difference.”
Simon paid tribute to the management and staff Namdock the initiator and coordinator of the project, Forbes Management – container owner, Benguela Enterprises – provided the frames for the racks, JP Hydraulics – labour, assembly & installation of the container racks, Desert Iron & Steel – material, Hopfast – material, Steel Africa – material, Namops – PTI testing of the unit and Walvis Bay Plant & Tool Hire– transport who contributed and in so doing ensured that the initiative materialised.

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