Dr Katjitae says COVID-19 should not be underestimated

Dr Katjitae says COVID-19 should not be underestimated

Dr Ishmael Katjitae, Physician Specialist from the Ministry of Health and Social Services said COVID-19 should not be underestimated as it collapsed well-developed countries' health care systems.
He also said those who tested positive with the virus can be stigmatised and therefore revealing their identities should be avoided.
Namibia should learn from countries that have been dealing with the pandemic before them, said Dr Katjitae.
He said sometimes people do not notice any symptoms when they are infected, some show mild symptoms passing them to those who have underlying diseases already, also the virus can be underestimated because of the season and weather changes.
In regard to how Namibia is ready, in case this virus hit Namibia in high numbers, he said Namibia is blessed because the Government has chosen a mature approach by announcing the state of emergency immediately after the first case, and various ministries also were activated to prepare for the pandemic.
Dr Eric Dziuban, Country Director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Namibia, said the COVID-19 lockdown is working because the country has not recorded new cases for two weeks.
Slowing down transmissions with a lockdown helps countries to better prepare.
Namibia’s World Health Organisation (WHO) Case Management Focal Person Dr Catherine Mawonge said preparation for the pandemic is broad but Namibia is prepared on many fronts such as the lockdown that has seen a reduction in the number of infectious.
“Preparation involves hospitals, healthcare workers and awareness about the virus,” she said.
These doctors were part of a panel who spoke on case management at the COVID-19 Communication Centre today.