Number Of Cholera Cases In Northwestern Namibia Rises To 107

OPUWO (Namibia), Jan 7 (BERNAMA-NNN-NAMPA) — The number of cholera cases in Kunene Region (Province) in northwestern Namibia has risen to 107, up from 85 cases reported on Sunday afternoon, while the number of fatalities remains at seven.

At least 28 of the 60 patients admitted to the State hospital at Opuwo for treatment since Dec 28, 2013 have been discharged, says the acting Director of Health in Kunene Region, Ndahepele Jason, who told Nampa Monday that some of the patients who were admitted more recently were just treated at clinics and sent back home.

He added that the Directorate of Health was receiving support from different stakeholders, mainly the Office of the Governor, the Namibia Red Cross Society, and the Kunene Regional Council.

“Five tents are still expected from Omusati Region so that we can establish a cholera isolation camp or facilities at the hospital premises,”” Jason said.

Of the seven people who have died of the disease, four died at Etanga village some 100 kilometres away from Opuwo, in the Epupa Constituency, where people resorted to drinking water from contaminated earth dams or traditional wells because of a lack of proper water facilities.

The clinic there has also been struggling with treatment of cholera patients because of this lack of water.

The only functioning source of water which supplies government institutions at the village has run dry.

Jason said the water shortage at the Etanga clinic has been temporarily solved with containers of water being transported from Opuwo to the clinic. “”We sent out an investigation team to determine the source of the outbreak so we can establish if it is an imported infection or if it originated from within the region,”” he noted.[Full story]