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 20 Jul 2020


The Namibia Ports Authority is meeting the government halfway in fighting the Covid-19 ­pandemic at the coast.

The Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) has donated N$1 million for supplying oxygen at Covid-19 facilities at the coast.

The acting CEO of Namport, Kevin Harry, said Afrox was ready to start installing oxygen supply at medical facilities in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Additionally, for the first time since the establishment of the Twaloloka informal settlement, the 300 residents of the township now have flushing toilets.

A 20-foot container was converted into an ablution facility which consists of six toilets and wash basins which was sponsored by the Namport social investment fund.

Previously, Namport had made 20 mobile toilets available to the Twaloloka community for use during the lockdown period.

“Namport has spent about N$260 000 on the mobile units. Collaborating with the municipality of Walvis Bay the idea was established to procure and convert a container to a fully equipped mobile ablution facility. We hope that the leadership of the community will do their utmost best to preserve this asset going forward,” Harry said.

Mayor Immanuel Wilfred said the municipality has ensured that the ablution facility has water and is connected to the municipal sewer line. “This partnership will go a long way in meeting government halfway in fighting this invisible enemy through ensuring hygiene by washing hands under running water with soap and in clean ablution facilities,” he said.

The governor of the Erongo Region, Neville Andre, thanked Namport for the donations.

“Through the N$1 million donation we will see to the provision of oxygen for the acute and high care facilities at the Walvis Bay and Swakopmund district hospitals. The consistent and reliable supply of oxygen at our health facilities is crucial during the treatment of not only Covid-19 cases but other critical conditions too.

“This donation today by Namport will significantly strengthen our fight to contain the further spread of the virus as well as ensure our facilities are well equipped,” Andre said.


SOURCE: Namibian Sun