Lockdown measures 'commendable'
Despite Namibians finding themselves in a difficult situation due to the Covid-19 lockdown regulations to prevent the further spread of the virus, the measures are commendable.
This is according to the country director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr Eric Dziuban.
Speaking at the Covid-19 information centre, Dziuban said Namibia has so far recorded 16 Covid-19 cases, with no new cases confirmed for over two weeks, which is evidence that the lockdown is effective.
“We cannot know for sure that the transmission has stopped, hence the ministry of health is conducting mass Covid-19 testing to get a better understanding of whether there are still transmissions missing.
“However, in the meantime we have evidence that the spread is slowing down due to the lockdown, as there have not been any new cases,” he said.
Dziuban said despite Namibians finding themselves in difficult situations, it is for a good cause and the country has not only made sure that the spread is curbed by the lockdown, but the government is making sure that the healthcare system is ready for what might come in the different regions.
He also explained that Covid-19 is a new virus and experts are still learning about issues like immunity, what happens after infection, whether an individual who tested positive and becomes Covid-19 negative can still spread the virus, and finding a cure.
“The best thing we can do now is really to slow down the transmission, to better prepare our health system and to allow Namibians to understand what works well against the virus thus far. We still have a long way to go; the fight is not over by any stretch, but there is hope that this difficulty is paying off,” he said.
Specialist physician Dr Ismael Katjitae said Namibia was lucky to have witnessed how other countries are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
He further said that despite requests from the public to identify those testing positive, the virus is associated with high stigma, thus the ministry will continue to refrain from identifying patients.
Namibia has to date recorded 16 confirmed Covid-19 cases and has a total of 10 active cases, with six recoveries and no deaths.