You should mask up properly

Face masks worth an estimated N$100 000 have been donated to the regional health directorate.

04 August 2021 | Business

Neville Andre; Erongo governor; “…we need to strengthen our efforts...”

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QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine donated more than 37 000 face masks worth an estimated N$100 000 to the Erongo health directorate for use by healthcare workers.

The donation was made through the office of the governor.

Speaking at the handover, governor Neville Andre said that more awareness is needed to teach people on how to wear masks properly. “We need to educate our people on how to wear masks. There are many people who don’t cover their noses when they wear their masks,” he said.

According to Andre, due to the recent lifting of travel restrictions between regions by president Hage Geingob, there could be an expected influx of people to the Erongo region. Some of these visitors could pose a health hazard.

“We must be ready for this influx. The region’s leadership needs to strengthen efforts related to the enforcement of preventative measures,” Andre said.

Furthermore, he called on the business fraternity to make sure that preventative measures are adhered to at their premises. He also urged the regional leadership to intensify efforts in engaging the community about the importance of getting vaccinated and educating them on myths about the jab.

“Many people are reluctant to get vaccinated because of misinformation about the Covid vaccine. About 90% of people who do not want to get the vaccine is as a result of misinformation. People need to approach their doctors to get the right information,” he said.

Andre thanked QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine for the donation and urged other corporates to emulate the generous gesture.

“We are grateful that Navachab Gold Mine came on board. We want to go back to normality, but government alone cannot do it. We need the help of the private sector,” said Andre.

The managing director of QKR Namibia Navachab Gold Mine George Botshiwe, said that the donation forms part of an effort by the mine to fight the spread of the virus.

“It is part of the role the mine plays in helping the health directorate and government at large in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.”