Isolation facility for incoming truckers
Screening for truckers
20 April 2020 | Infrastructure
Immanuel Wilfred; Mayor; “Concerns about truckers moving about without screening are genuine and we decided to take action.”
A temporary isolation facility is currently being set up in Walvis Bay at the new industrial area adjacent to Narraville to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
The facility, which will serve as a screening point for cross border truck drivers transporting essential goods between Walvis Bay and other SADC countries, is being set up on a piece of land that belongs to BIP Container Terminal.
Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred said that the initiative came about after local residents and the business community raised concerns over the increasing number of truck drivers entering the town without being screened and being in touch with locals.
“These fears are genuine. As a result, we consulted different stakeholders who came up with the isolation facility as a precautionary measure.”
CEO of the Walvis Bay Municipality Muronga Haingura said that dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic requires that trucks be confined to a dedicated area.
“From the municipality’s side we will provide the necessary services such as putting up toilets, water points and refuse removal. Other stakeholders will provide the truck drivers with additional necessities to ensure that they do not have to leave this area. Namport has also ensured that there will be caterers on site to provide food for them.”
Truck operators in Walvis Bay availed empty containers to wall-in the demarcated area.
“The Walvis Bay Corridor Group will also provide a mobile clinic where the truck drivers will be screened, while the police force will look after the security aspect to ensure that everyone is safe and that there is proper control.”
Warren Ockuys, one of the partners of BIP Container Terminal, said they are providing the 60 000m² area for the isolation facility free of charge.
“We don’t want to put a monetary value to a good cause. This is being done to protect our town, our families and community members. Stay at home, stay safe and we will definitely all get through this.”