PEOPLE from Kuisebmond lined up at various testing centres in Walvis Bay to provide swabs for COVID-19 testing as part of the focussed active case identification exercise that was initiated to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV2 in the community.
During the three day campaign officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Services along with representatives from the World Health Organisation intend to test 2 000 people who resides in the Kuisebmond and Narraville residential areas of Walvis Bay over the next two days.
The objective of the exercise is to establish the extent of the spread of Covid-19 in the Walvis Bay district and to find the origin of the virus in Kuisebmond.
The campaign was announced by the Erongo Regional Governor, Neville Andre. During the announcement Andre said the sudden spike in new cases reported in Kuisebmond is extremely concerning and that the drastic step will give the responsible authorities a clearer picture of how many people are possibly affected and where they are located.
People living in the Sea Point, Namport, Tutaleni and the Twaloloka locations: the area around Kabeljou Street, Narraville, the port area and central business district of Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Prison will be tested during the campaign. A mobile testing team will also visit the Utuseb settlement 60 kilometres from Walvis Bay.
Testing teams are situated at the Kuisebmond Health Centre, the Coastal Clinic, the !Narra Primary School and the Narraville Community Hall while a mobile team will assist with the testing. Testing will also be done at the Walvis Bay District Hospital.
The active search testing started yesterday and will continue until 27 June while the first results are expected to be made public on the 28th of June.
Two of the people that submitted swabs for testing on the first day of the campaign Martin Namushinga and Lukrentia Isak both said that the process is much easier than people say.
“You hear that people say that it is painful but it really isn’t. When the health official stuck the swabbing stick up my nose it tickled a little bit but it is really not painful at all,” Namushinga said.
Isak said she experienced some discomfort but ascribed it to being afraid.
“Facing your fear is much harder than taking the test,” she said adding that she feels that the mass testing exercise is a step in the right direction.