by Charmaine Ngatjiheue

Walvis Bay’s Welwitschia Hospital says it remains committed to the fight against the novel coronavirus after one of its patients died of Covid-19 on Monday.

The patient, a 55-year-old man, became the fourth person recorded to have died of Covid-19 in Namibia, as announced by health and social services minister Kalumbi Shangula on Monday.

Welwitschia Hospital manager Matthias Braune said in a statement on Monday that during the last two weeks the hospital looked after a few Covid-19 patients who were, and are, extremely sick and required ventilation or oxygen therapy.

“This morning, sadly, one of our very sick patients passed on. It is a shock and a very sad day for his family and us. Our sincere condolences go out to all the significant people in his life,” Braune said.

He added that a second very ill patient is showing small steps to recovery and has been weaned off a ventilator, but is still in a critical condition in the hospital.

“I so wish that we could help everyone and send all our patients back home in good health, but that is unfortunately not to be. We will, however, continue to do our absolute best,” Braune stated. – [email protected]

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