WALVIS BAY – The Walvis Bay business community sprang into action this week to ease the pressure on the local state hospital’s mortuary that has been overwhelmed due to increasing Covid-19 deaths at the town.
The business community assisted government by converting a 40-foot cooler container into a temporary mortuary that will be able to store up to 50 bodies at the town.
The facility, valued at N$200 000, was handed over to the health ministry on Monday.
Acting senior medical officer at the Walvis Bay state hospital Dr Augustus Gawab said they had to move some of the bodies to the Swakopmund mortuary due to space constraints.
“This new facility is definitely handy, as we previously could only store 10 bodies and an additional six in another small container,” he explained.
Speaking at the handover, Namdock acting CEO Heritha Muyoba, on behalf of the business community, said they are obliged to assist government, especially now against Covid-19.
“We were told that there is a need. We acquired the material and received a free container that can be used at least until the battle against Covid-19 is over,” Muyoba said.
Erongo governor Neville Andre applauded the business community for their readiness in assisting government during a time of need.
“We are witnessing a rapid rise in Covid cases and fatalities. We should also be concerned about the increase in hospitalisations. Fortunately, we invested in infrastructure last year when Walvis Bay was the epicentre of the pandemic by erecting a prefab facility and turning garages into wards. Unfortunately, the need is growing and it is sad that we must make provision for those who are succumbing to Covid-19,” he said.