THE Namibian Defence Force has deployed a Level 2 military field hospital to Walvis Bay to assist health authorities at the coast in dealing with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
As a result of the steep rise in new cases, isolation facilities are stretched to the limit and managing patients that were put into mandatory supervised isolation are becoming increasingly difficult.
The convoy that transported all the equipment of the field hospital arrived in Walvis Bay on Tuesday evening and the contingent of medically qualified soldiers was welcomed to the harbour town by Neville Andre, the Erongo Regional Governor on Wednesday morning.
In his remarks to the contingent the regional governor thanked the soldiers for their selfless service and their willingness to help the people of Walvis Bay in the battle against the pandemic.
“The Namibian Government has directed that all resources at its disposal should be mobilised to assist people and to save lives,” Andre said.
The regional Governor said that the newly constructed Kondja Isolation Ward has been equipped and prepared in the nick of time and has already been populated with new patients that needs be isolated.
“This mobile hospital will simply be slotted in with existing facilities and frontline officers will be assisted by staff from the health ministry to enhance help to people in need,” the governor said.
The Commandant of Namibia’s Marine Corps, Captain Appolus Haimbala, who is also in command of the joint law enforcement operation in the Erongo Region, said the fully equipped military field hospital at the current capacity can accommodate and care for 18 people.
“Besides the extra number of beds that the hospital will provide, it is also equipped with two Intensive Care Unit beds and staffed by 27 people that can handle any emergency. The mobile hospital also has its own oxygen plant that can supply oxygen to 40 patients,” Captain Haimbala said.
He indicated that the hospital can easily be expanded to accommodate and assist 40 people at full capacity.
Although work to erect the field hospital that was initially stationed at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, started immediately Captain Haimbala said will take about two days before it can be made fully operational.