Cholera outbreak in Kunene stabilises

20 Jan 2014 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) - The cholera outbreak in the Kunene Region has been stabilised, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) said on Monday.
MoHSS Public Relations Officer (PRO) Esther Paulus said in a media statement on Monday that the number of suspected cases treated at health facilities in the Kunene Region now stands at 373, with a total of 11 deaths.
She said currently, new cases being attended to at each health facility does not amount to more than two per day.
“The situation is now getting back to normal,” said Paulus, adding that the MoHSS attributes that to the extensive field work that have taken place in the region during the outbreak.
She said the outbreak is now stable also thanks to the dedication shown by the ministry's staff members at health facilities, who worked extended hours to attend to patients punctually with the assistance from the country's development partners such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Red Cross Society of Namibia.
Paulus noted that the Opuwo District Hospital currently admits 12 cholera patients at the cholera treatment centre.
The few new cholera suspected cases are coming from Otjozongombe and Otjitambi villages, and more field workers have been deployed to these areas, she said.
Paulus noted that the Ministry of Defence in Grootfontein has provided two water tanks to the Etanga and Otjiuu clinics in the Kunene Region, because water boreholes in those areas have dried up due to the ongoing drought.
The Ministry of Agriculture is expected to drill a borehole at the site of Etanga Clinic.
Meanwhile, one cholera case has also been confirmed from the Amaupa village - a cattle post area in the Omusati Region - and health officials in that region have been notified to intensify their efforts in curbing further spread of the disease.