Fisheries Observers office closed
08 July 2020 | Health
Stanley Ndara, CEO, “It is an extremely difficult time, but we need to adapt…”
The Fisheries Observers Agency (FOA) offices were closed on Tuesday afternoon after one of their employees tested positive for Covid-19.
Stanley Ndara, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the FOA confirmed the situation, saying that this step was taken after the employees’ test result returned positive.
Ndara said the employee had visited the agency’s operations and administration departments on 25 June.
He added that the risk of the virus spreading at the agency is “very likely”, considering that the employee had contact and interaction with other staff members.
“Decontamination of the offices already started on Wednesday morning. We will be closed for the week until 14 July. All staff members are currently working from home.”
Ndara said that the test results of two other fisheries observers will become available at a later stage.
“Covid-19 has placed everyone in a difficult situation. The closure of our offices however, does not hamper our operations in any way. We are also not going to retrench workers, or down-size our staff. We are doing all that we can to ensure this.”
He encouraged those in the industry to adhere to the regulations set by the ministry of health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Let us comply with the measures to keep everyone around us safe. Wear your masks, sanitize, and do not move around unnecessarily. It is an extremely difficult time, but we need to adapt. This virus is going to be with us for a very long time.”
The employee who tested positive is currently in state isolation.
The FOA employs 169 workers, with 37 based in Lüderitz.