Namibia records over 100 Covid cases

• By Uaueza Kanguatjivi

NAMIBIA recorded 110 positive Corona Virus (Covid-19) case between October 1-31 from 3299 tests conducted representing a 3.3 percent of conducted tests from which 100 are new cases and 10 are infections.

According to a report issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Service (MoHSS) the sex distribution is 59 females of which 52 are new cases and 51 males of which 48 are new cases. The age ranges from 6 years old to 78 years.

The cases were reported in the following 9 regions, Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Omusati, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and Karas.

“From the positive cases 11 are learners, 4 health workers and 3 teachers. Out of these cases 6 received 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine,while 37 are fully vaccinated  of  which 16 received a booster dose and 58 cases are not vaccinated.

Furthermore, the MoHSS report recorded 67 recoveries from the 9 regions depicting a great amount of recoveries within each of the 9 regions.

“To that effect there were about 36 active cases. None of the cases are currently hospitalised and no death was reported for the period under review,” the public health report read.

According to the data  released between October 1  to 31, a total of 544 455 people aged 18 years or older received one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine, representing 37 percent of the target population.

“A total of 207 652 received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine while 274 150 adults received two doses of other vaccine types. Hence, 481 802 adults completed their vaccination, translating to 32.7% of the target population.”

A total of 128 individuals received component of the Sputnik V vaccine and 76 have received component two of the same vaccine. Hence a total of 204 doses of Sputnik V were administered.

“In addition, 29 558 children aged 12 to 17 years received one dose of Pfizer vaccine representing 9.6 percent of the target population. From a target population of 307 298, only 15 254 people are fully vaccinated.”

“The cumulative number of people vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine for both adults and children is 574 013 of which 497 056 are fully vaccinated, translating to 27.9 percent of the total target population (1 779 271).”

Namibia continues to record H1N1 virus

Meanwhile, Namibia according to Executive Director of the Ministry of Health, Ben Nangombe, continues to record a new cases of the H1N1 influenca previously termed Swine flu.

It was reported some two months ago that Namibia had 54 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.

The central Otjozundjopa region and the area surrounding the capital Windhoek were the most affected, with 24 positive cases reported in each area in August.

“Yes we continue to get new cases by the day but I cannot give you the direct numbers as I about to get into a meeting,” Nangombe said when Confidente reached out to him.

Efforts to get the exact numbers proved fruitless as he, Nangombe was said to be in meeting, when this journalist reach out before going to print.

H1N1 influenza is an acute viral respiratory infection in humans, often characterised by fever, headache, myalgia and other flu-like symptoms.

Namibia experienced a large-scale swine flu outbreak in 2009-10, when over 8,000 suspected cases were reported. During that outbreak, 102 people tested positive and one person died.

Children, elderly people and pregnant women are considered high-risk groups, the health ministry said, adding that a seasonal vaccination against H1N1 influenza was the best protection against the virus.