More space must be created for Covid-19 patients

Cabinet has directed the ministry to increase the capacity of its medical gas generating system and to relieve the pressure on theatres, intensive care units and isolation units in order to accommodate more Covid-19 patients.

14 June 2021 | Government

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The cabinet has directed the health ministry to create additional space in health facilities to admit Covid-19 patients, and to recruit additional health workers to support with the national Covid-19 response.

This is according information minister Peya Mushelenga, who announced the latest cabinet decisions just days before Namibia recorded more than 1 000 new cases within 24 hours.

He said the cabinet had taken note of the current status of the pandemic in Namibia and approved several proposed measures to strengthen the national Covid- 19 response.

Cabinet has also directed the ministry to increase the capacity of its medical gas generating system and to relieve the pressure on theatres, intensive care units and isolation units in order to accommodate more Covid-19 patients.

The ministry must further allocate additional resources to strengthen Covid-19 testing capacity in the country.

Public relations

Meanwhile, with regard to oil and gas exploration in the Kavango Region, Mushelenga said the cabinet took note of the progress made by Recon Africa.

The cabinet directed the mines and energy ministry to develop a public relations strategy with a communication plan for stakeholder engagement on the project. This should include constituency councillors, traditional leaders and local communities in the Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.

The cabinet has directed the ministries of mines and energy, environment and tourism and agriculture to jointly address concerns about the issuance of permits and lease agreements for the drilling project in the Kavango Basin and all other future drilling projects in communal areas with aquifers.

Cabinet has also directed the fisheries ministry to grant a hake quota of 2 400 tonnes to Hangana Seafood Products for the recruitment of 290 fishermen who lost their jobs as a result of industrial action.

Furthermore, the cabinet has taken note of the annual report of the Communal Land Board and authorised it to be tabled in the National Assembly.

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