No isolation facility in Kavango West

With no isolation facilities available in the Kavango West Region, coronavirus patients will have to be moved to Rundu in Kavango East.

05 May 2020 | Health

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



The Kavango West Region does not have an isolation facility for coronavirus patients.

This is stated in a report by regional governor Sirrka Ausiku, which outlines the region's pandemic preparedness.

“The region does not have an isolation facility.

“As a result, potential Covid-19 cases that need isolation will be catered for at Rundu in the Kavango East Region,” the report reads.

So far, no cases have been reported in Kavango West.



Poor infrastructure

The vast region's healthcare infrastructure is poor, which means people have to travel 30 kilometres or more to access basic health services.

One of the problems is incomplete projects such as the Nkurenkuru Primary Healthcare Centre, which has turned into a white elephant after it was abandoned some years ago.

The report calls for the completion of abandoned centres and the renovation of others.

“The ministry of health and social services has been urged to complete the Nkurenkuru Primary Healthcare Centre that was abandoned almost three years ago.

“There is also a need to renovate the existing ELCIN Nkurenkuru Heath Centre, so that it can be used for isolation of Covid-19 cases.

“I just hope the ministry will respond positively to complete our facilities like they did in other regions,” Ausiku said.

Despite the serious health challenges the region faces, Ausiku said much was being done to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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