Cholera claims more lives in Kunene Region

05 Jan 2014 19:30pm
OPUWO, 05 JAN (NAMPA) – The death toll of the victims of a Cholera outbreak in the Kunene Region has increased to seven people, from five victims last week.
The acting Director of the Kunene Health Directorate, Ndahepele Jason confirmed this latest development in an interview with Nampa here on Sunday.
Of the two latest victims, one came from Etanga village while the other is a resident of Opuwo town.
“This cholera outbreak is very challenging, as it is currently not concentrated in one area. Victims are coming from different areas in the region,” said Jason.
The cases of cholera currently under observation have nearly doubled, from 48 cases on Friday to 85 cases on Sunday morning. Most of these cases came from Etanga village, about 100 kilometres west of Opuwo.
According to Jason, the Opuwo District Hospital is expecting to receive assistance in the form of medicine and medical equipment from the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) office in Windhoek. This assistance is expected to arrive here on Monday.
Etanga village, which is the hardest hit by cholera, has lost five people already with more than 30 people currently being treated against the disease at the Opuwo State Hospital.
Jason confirmed that both the men’s and women’s wards of the Opuwo District Hospital are filled to absolute capacity and tents had to be erected on the hospital grounds to be used as temporary accommodation facilities.
He added that a nurse was sent to Etanga Clinic on Saturday to assist with the situation there as well.
Another nurse will also be dispatched to that clinic on Monday.
The hospital is also expecting additional tents to come from the Omusati Region. Those tents will be used as isolation camps for all suspected cholera patients.