Central hospital gears for corona battle

The Windhoek Central Hospital's casualty ward has been converted into an intensive care unit with 15 beds for Covid-19 patients.

04 June 2020 | Health

STEFFI BALZAR

WINDHOEK



President Hage Geingob yesterday inaugurated an intensive care and isolation ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital, which will be used as part of the country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Geingob, the two facilities are part of an emergency budget of N$727 million that the government has allocated to the health sector as support during the coronavirus pandemic.

“If we fail to plan, we plan to fail,” said health ministry executive director Ben Nangombe.

He explained that the casualty ward has been converted into an intensive care unit with 15 beds for Covid-19 patients.

The isolation ward, built from scratch, can accommodate 10 patients.

The construction and renovation work began on 16 March.

“Further facilities of this kind will follow in Gobabis, Oshakati and Opuwo on various scales,” said Nangombe. There will also be additions to existing facilities at Katima Mulilo.

Only NBC media representatives were allowed to attend the ceremony. On the fringes of the event, there was an altercation between journalists and police officers.

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