THE capacity to care for patients infected with SARS-CoV2 and in need of hospitalisation has been expanded with the commissioning of a new 40-bed facility at the Welwitschia Private Hospital in Walvis Bay.
The harbour town saw a dramatic increase in new cases and the number of COVID2-19 related fatalities during June and July, which necessitated the creation of more facilities where patients can receive high and intensive care.
The new facility at the Welwitschia Hospital augments the capability of the wider health sector in Walvis Bay to assist patients even further.
The Erongo Regional Governor, Neville Andre, inaugurated a newly built 24-bed transit ward at the Walvis Bay District Hospital about a week ago.
In order to assist all patients, the management of the Welwitschia Hospital decided to split operations and dedicate half of the facility to COVID-19 related matters.
The new 40-bed facility will be dedicated to COVID-19 patients.
Stringent health and safety measures were introduced to prevent transmission to health workers who work at the private hospital.
The new temporary facility is housed in a huge tent and enables the hospital to provide care for 73 patients.
The Intensive Care Unit has also been split into two parts and can currently accommodate and assist nine critical patients.
The private hospital also has a 24-bed transition ward where patients that have been tested will be able to wait for results before being discharged or moved to the new 40-bed high care facility.
The 40-bed ward is, amongst others, supported by an oxygen generation plant that the hospital acquired earlier this year in preparation to treat COVID-19 patients.
Additional medical staff were also recruited, orientated, and trained to work at the high care and transition wards.
The new facility will be operational until the COVID-19 pandemic is something of the past.