Namibia coped with floods last week. Plus, they deal with a foot and mouth outbreak. Furthermore, COVID-19 eats into wildlife management resources through a devastating impact on tourism. And now the country faces low blood stocks as the COVID-19 restrictions see fewer people donating via educational institutions.
Namibia, a jewel of Africa deals with floods and more
Previously known as South West Africa, Namibia remains a favorite tourist destination. But the country, part desert, part forested wilderness and lined with an amazing coast faces problems. Firstly, we reported that the coronavirus devastates wildlife tourism. We reported in September, that COVID-19 travel restrictions “start shutting down the only income sources for 86 communities, bringing hunger and hardship. Sadly, the country works very hard with education about the protection of wildlife. But, hardship might reverse all their progress so far.”
Since then, more problems came along. While heavy rains in the dry country sound like heaven, flash floods caused damage in Windhoek. Videos emerged of fences washed away, roads damaged, and camping sites literally swept away. Meanwhile, a huge concern arose about the Foot & Mouth problem in Namibia. Successful Farming reported two days ago, that “Oshana and Ohangwena…Oshikoto, Omusati, and Kunene north” all became “disease management areas.” The country fears for their national beef herd which brings in much needed foreign currency from exports.
Foot & Mouth a serious disease in livestock, low blood stocks
The disease mainly attacks cattle and sheep. But some wild animals carry the disease. So, for now, the movement of game skins and trophies in the affected regions are on hold as well. If the disease continues, the government of Namibia fears a ban on beef exports. That would result in a potentially devastating impact on the economy. As if that’s not enough to worry about, reports now emerge that blood for medical emergencies runs low.
Xinhua reported on Friday, that most blood supplies for medical emergencies come from the various educational facilities. But with many of those closed, little blood comes in. They noted that “on average, 150 units of blood are needed daily to meet medical needs countrywide, but only 100 units are being collected since March last year.” And the delay in reopening schools now raises fear the country might actually run out of the essential item.
COVID-19 sees non-urgent medical procedures stopped in Namibia
The ceasing of non-urgent medical procedures might help the shortage of blood a little bit. Mind you, that’s not why they stopped them. The government decided tyat they should stop because a new wave of COVID-19 infections sees a rise in hospital admissions.
Right now, Namibia, the dream holiday destination seems a bit bleak. Hopefully, all the efforts taken by the government soon takes care of issues like flood damage, Foot & Mouth, and the blood shortage crisis.
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