Port health services play an important role in the prevention and control of international disease spread and create a safe environment at ports of entry, says Aletha Frederick, Governor of //Kharas.
She made these remarks in her welcome remarks at the recent handover of N$50 000 by Trevali Rosh Pinah Zinc Mine to Keetmanshoop.
Frederick explained that the donation will be used to facilitate the housing needs of health workers assigned for Covid-19-related support services at the Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border points. “The role of port health is to serve as the first line of defence to protect the citizens of the Republic of Namibia and visitors against the transmission of communicable diseases associated with cross-border movement of people, baggage, cargo, and imported consignments,” said the governor.
She continued that the facilities also have the responsibility of inspecting goods, commodities and conveyances. “In addition to this, the port health service undertakes disease surveillance, screening, and reporting of diseases and public health conditions from external sources that may threaten the health and safety of the Republic of Namibia,” she said.
Frederick added that although these entry points (Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer) were capacitated with more health workers, the government is faced with the challenge of providing sufficient accommodation to these personnel.
“It was against this background that we requested prefab structures from Trevali Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation to accommodate health workers,” she emphasised.
The governor added that the mining company could not address the request made due to the adverse economic impact of Covid-19 on the mining industry and instead pledged to donate N$50 000 as the company’s contribution towards accomplishing the initiative.
“I would like to appeal to the business fraternity to came on board and emulate Trevali Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation in assisting government halfway,” she said.
Christo Horn, general manager of Trevali Rosh Pinah Zinc Mine, said although it is a small amount they are donating, he is confident it will assist the government in its efforts to curb the further spread of the coronavirus. He assured the regional governor that Trevali will continue their relationship with her office.