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Africa’s fastest-growing Covid epidemic paralyses Namibian systems

Patients ‘die unnoticed’ as an influx of cases overwhelms hospitals and mortuaries

Kaula Nhongo and Antony Sguazzin

In Namibia, which has Africa’s fastest-growing Covid-19 epidemic, vaccines are running out, hospitals and mortuaries are overwhelmed and the blame game has begun.

First-time inoculations have been stopped as there are only enough doses to complete courses, and the government is being criticised by politicians and its own medical experts.

“Systems in the hospitals are under severe pressure, including staff who are overworked and not performing at their best,” said Gordon Cupido, head of internal medicine at the Katutura State Hospital in the capital, Windhoek. “The human cost is tremendous; often patients are dying unnoticed.”..

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