13% vaccinated in Hardap
02 August 2021 | Health
Hardap governor Reverend Salomon April says the region has thus far vaccinated 13% of those eligible to get the jab against Covid-19.
April revealed this while delivering his second State of the Region Address (SORA) at Mariental on Wednesday, in which he highlighted the region’s challenges and achievements during the 2020/21 financial year.
As of Tuesday, the governor said 9 531 people had received their first dose of AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines, while 286 people had been fully vaccinated.
While encouraging residents to get vaccinated, April revealed that as of Wednesday, 7 608 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in the region, with 7 191 having recovered and 306 succumbing to the virus.
“I encourage all residents of the region to go for the Covid-19 vaccination, as this is the only way in which we can save precious lives,” the governor urged.
He added that a high care facility for the treatment of Covid-19 cases was constructed to the tune of N$2.8 million at Mariental, while the Mariental hospital received prefabricated structures, which include a laboratory, pharmacy and septic theatre, valued at N$5.8 million.
April also revealed that the region’s measles and rubella vaccination rate stands at 78%, which is relatively low compared to the 90% coverage as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard.
“I therefore urge all parents to take their children for immunisation according to the schedule on the child’s health passport.
“During the period under review, 97% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers tested negative, while our HIV treatment coverage has increased from 81% to 98%,” he added.
April said government allocated N$29.5 million to improve facilities at schools in the region to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Of the N$29.5 million, N$17 million was spent on the construction and renovation of ablution facilities at 22 schools in the region, while N$12.5 million was used to renovate hostels, and a further N$122 000 was used for water provision at Groendraai and JW Mouton primary schools.
The governor said during the period under review, N$12 million was spent to renovate Mariental Secondary School, while N$6.8 million was spent on renovations at Dr Lemmer Secondary School.
Meanwhile, government spent N$1.3 million for the school feeding programme, which feeds 9 151 learners at various schools in the region, and also provided maintenance, special maintenance and foster care to 11 308 beneficiaries in the region, amounting to N$2.8 million, April said.