By Asmau Ahmad
Namibia’s Health Ministry says it has suspended non-emergency or non-urgent operations at two of its state hospitals due to the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Health Ministry Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, said in a statement that only emergency and urgent operations will be performed in theaters until further notice.
According to him, the management should find lasting solutions to the oxygen crisis.
The ministry said earlier that hospitals, especially state-owned ones, were overwhelmed with admissions and also grappling with oxygen shortages.
“We have created additional physical spaces in other areas of hospitals to cater for the increases. We have requested the Namibian Defence Force to re-deploy the field hospital reinforcements from other parts of the country,” Nangombe said.
Namibia had registered 58,707 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 912 related death, as the country battles a third wave of Coronavirus infections.