01 Feb 2014 10:40am
OPUWO, 01 FEB (NAMPA) Ongwediva Medipark has donated equipment to the Opuwo State Hospital to assist them in getting the cholera outbreak in the region under control.
Handing over the donation, Ongwediva Medipark General Practitioner Dr Linda Nangombe said the management of Medipark felt it was their moral obligation to assist the Opuwo State Hospital fight the outbreak.
We have donated 1 500 electro packs of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and 1 000 boxes of Aquatabs worth N.dollars 15 000, Dr Nangombe said.
She said the private hospital has committed itself to supporting the Opuwo State Hospital until the cholera outbreak in the region has been brought under control.
We are ready to support the Opuwo State Hospital with anything they need to ensure that the outbreak is brought under control, she stated.
According to the acting Director of Health for the Kunene Region, Joicy Mashamba, the total number of people who contracted cholera between 16 November last year (when the outbreak started) and 27 January 2014 stood at 454 on Tuesday, with the death toll standing at 15.
Cholera cases have dropped drastically, from a peak admission of over 50 patients per day to five patients on Tuesday, Mashamba said, adding that the cholera situation is however still unstable because by the end of Tuesday only three patients were hospitalised, but this figure had risen to seven on Wednesday morning.
Mashamba called for support from different partners and said the assistance of fellow players in the provision of health services will help bring the situation under control.
He thanked Ongwediva Medipark and called on other institutions to emulate their example.
The governor of the Kunene Region, Josua //Hoebeb who received the donation, also called on the inhabitants of Kunene to start making their contribution towards the fight against cholera, and to not wait for other people to assist them.
He urged Ministry of Health officials and the community at large to be vigilant as the disease has not yet been eradicated from the region.
Do not put the stick down while you are not sure if the snake is dead, he stated.