Chief Regional Officer for Erongo, Ludmilla Doeses cautioned Navachab’s workers that Namibia is not out of the woods yet.
She was speaking on behalf of the Governor, Hon Neville André at the inauguration of QKR Navachab gold mine’s new N$1.5 million Klippenberg quarantine facility for employees who are Covid-19 positive.
She described the people of Erongo as resilient, a characteristic they displayed long before Independence. Moving to more recent events, she cautioned Navachab’s workers that Namibia is not out of the woods yet.
She congratulated the mine for its sound response to erect the facility for those who need to be isolated and treated.
Navachab’s Managing Director, George Botshiwe said the facility is their contribution to reducing the government’s burden, adding that it will encourage the staff to be tested without fear. The health and safety of all their employees remain a priority, he stated.
Pro-active steps taken so far include screening, surveillance and testing of employees, stopping non-essential travel and increasing hygiene awareness across the mine.
The 4-bed facility is located on a 28-hectare area on the mine’s golf course allowing for expansion if required. It is fenced in and fully compliant with the health ministry’s requirements.
Botshiwe emphasized that “like our other health services such as those at the clinic and paramedic services, the facility will also be available for members of the community should the need arise and space is available.”