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Stigmatisation fears surround Windhoek case

Stigmatisation fears surround Windhoek case

Eba Kandovazu

THE Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, refused to disclose details relating to a new COVID-19 case that was confirmed in Windhoek earlier.

 

With the exception of the one case reported in Windhoek, the 42 other people whose COVID-19 status was revealed by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, are all from Walvis Bay.

 

Dr. Shangula refused to go into the details about the man, because he said there are fears that the patient will be stigmatised.

 

Minister Health Social Services Dr Kalumbi Shangula refused disclose new COVID-19 case confirmed
TIGHT LIPPED: The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula. Photo: File

 

“I cannot confirm or deny that it is a local transmission because I would be fuelling rampant stigma that patients already face. All I can say is that he visited a private health facility where his swabs were collected by a private laboratory,” Dr. Shangula said.

 

“The Windhoek case is a 28-year-old man with no recent travel history. He was not in quarantine at the time of specimen collection,” said health ministry spokesperson, Manga Libita.

 

Libita on the other hand during an interview with Informanté said that the patient is from the Khomas Region and that contact tracing has begun.

 

Libita indicated that the health minister is said to make another announcement later during the day.

 

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