Health and Social Services Minister Kalumbi Shangula

The Minister of Health and Social Services Kalumbi Shangula today announced that the new COVID19 case in the country is of a 63 years old male who arrived in the country during early May via sea on a vessel from Democratic Republic of Congo

“The patient was part of eight (8) crew members consisting of non-Namibians, on a fishing vessel that departed the shores of Walvis Bay on the 30th April 2020,” Shangula said.

It was reported that the patient did not disembark the vessel in DRC; however Congolese nationals entered the vessel. The vessel returned to Walvis Bay on 5th May 2020″, he said.

According to Shangula, the patient complained of shoulder pain two days after arrival, to his general practitioner who then motivated for his release from the vessel by the Erongo Regional Team.

“On 8th May 2020, the patient was released from the vessel and went straight home for self-quarantine. The rest of the crew remains on the vessel until today.”

He added: “On the 14th May 2020, he called his general practitioner for a prescription after which he went to the pharmacy to collect his medication.

On the 19th May 2020, the patient went to see his general practitioner with the same complain of chronic pain. No fever or respiratory symptoms were reported at the point or before. The doctor examined him and gave him some medication to take home.”

Shangula also indicted that on the 22nd May 2020, the patient presented himself to a local private hospital where he was admitted to a general ward.

He also indicated that the patient started developing difficulty in breathing on the 24th May, and was incubated and rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“It was then that a deferential diagnosis of COVID-19 was entertained, and a Rapid Antibody Test was done which tested positive.

“The patient is currently in a critical condition on a ventilator and his condition has not changed since admission in the ICU.”


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