Cholera cases still suspected in Windhoek

10 May 2014 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) is taking preventative measures as cases of cholera are still suspected in Windhoek.
Spokesperson for the MoHSS Directorate of Primary Health in the Division of Epidermiology, Emmy-Else Ndevahitela said during a presentation on cholera outbreaks in Namibia at the Polytechnic of Namibia's (PoN) biomedical science student debate in Windhoek on Thursday a cholera treatment centre has been established in the Okuryangava residential area and is fully operational with nurses on standby, as most of the suspected cases were reported in that area.
A total of 71 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Windhoek since the first case on 02 February 2014, while two deaths were reported on 04 and 07 February 2014.
The last suspected case in Windhoek was reported to the ministry on Wednesday, after a man fell ill in the Oshitenda informal settlement and went to the Okuryangava Clinic to seek treatment.
Ndevahitela told Nampa the man was not in a severe condition, was treated at the clinic on the same day and sent home, but his condition is being monitored.
According to the ministry's statistics, of the 71 suspected cases of cholera, the Okuryangava Clinic reported the most cases in Windhoek at 21, while the Hakahana Clinic reported 13 suspected cases and the Katutura Health Centre, 12 suspected cases.
The ministry received reports of nine suspected cases from the Wanaheda Clinic, six from the Khomasdal Clinic, five from the Otjomuise Clinic; three from the Robert Mugabe Clinic and two from the Donkerhoek Clinic.
“The cases reported at the various clinics does not necessarily mean that the patients were from those areas, but that they went to the clinic nearest to them,” she said.
She noted that no cases have been reported at Opuwo in the Kunene Region, which had the most suspected cases reported with 497 cases and 14 confirmed cases reported since the cholera outbreak in 2013/14 and a total of 15 deaths, since 05 March 2014.
“The Ohangwena Region was also one of the regions with a high number of cases reported, with 17 suspected cases and three confirmed cases, but no deaths. However, we have not had any reports from the region as the last suspected cases were reported on 13 February 2014,” she added.
Ndevahitile noted that although there has not been an outbreak in Windhoek, the MoHSS remains concerned because of the high population as it will be disastrous if cholera is not prevented from being transmitted in the capital.