Swakopmund prepared to respond to Covid-19

Estelle de Bruyn

Shortly after the first cases of Covid-19 infection were announced in Namibia, the Swakopmund city council together with the management team met with a medical expert, to plan council’s response to Covid-19 (Corona virus).

As a result a comprehensive Covid-19 plan of action was formulated, based on the national directives issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The plan focuses on responses and control measures that will ensure the health and safety of all employees and customers of the municipality as well as residents of Swakopmund.
Swakopmund’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Archie Benjamin, told Namib Times many of the main challenges faced by the city, are tourism based. At least 20 accommodation establishments are for sale with appeals being made to Council to mitigate the effects of the virus.
The Covid-19 management plan identifies the most vulnerable staff members as cashiers, door guards, airport attendants, receptionists at the municipal bungalows and all other sections where public access is prominent.
Hygiene has been intensified by only allowing access to the municipal offices through the front entrance. All visitors to the building will have to be registered before being allowed access to offices, halls and training rooms.
As preventative measures, staff will be equipped with protective gear, including gloves, masks, alcohol based sanitizers and hand-washing facilities. Quotations for purchasing these items have been obtained.

To read more: pick up your copy of the Namib Times at any retail outlet in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Available in Windhoek at selected stores, at Arandis (Shoprite and Arandis Service Station); Usakos; Henties Bay (Spar; Woermann Brock) and Windhoek (Windhoek: Shoprite Maerua Mall; Shoprite Katutura; Shoprite Ind. Av; Shoprite Lafrenz Industrial; Shoprite Okurayangava; Shoprite U-Save; Fountain OK Foods (Baines); Maerua Superspar).


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