Temporary shelter for WB Covid checkpoint

Otis Daniels_Finck
Walvis Bay

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) donated a mobile office to the Navy Commander of the Namibian Police in the Erongo region. A further donation of N$50 000 will be used to pay for the rental of the mobile office for the next 6 months, subject to future renewals.

The donation of the office, which was facilitated by the Namport Social Investment Fund, is intended for use by men and women in uniform manning the Walvis Bay Covid-19 checkpoint.

“The need arose due to the fact that staff members based at the checkpoint are being exposed to unfriendly weather elements which hamper their performance,” said Immanuel !Hanabeb, Namport’s executive for commercial services.

He added that the donation, which comes at a time where the Erongo region continues to record an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases will ensure that law enforcers are able to dedicate their attention to executing their duties unhindered.

Namport has also pledged to continue monitoring requirements throughout the pandemic’s progression and within its means, to contribute towards national efforts to cushion the impact of the outbreak.

The checkpoint became operational on 5 May when the temporary isolation truck port facility was officially opened in collaboration with various stakeholders in Walvis Bay.

Since the beginning of outbreak in March 2020, Namport has spent over N$400 000 in the fight against the pandemic. This includes twenty mobile toilets and medical equipment to the residents of the Twaloloka informal settlement. Supplies were also donated to the Covid-19 isolation facility at the Walvis Bay state hospital. This donation included hand sanitizers and high risk gloves, plus 240 branded water bottles.
Namport also made a monetary donation towards the Walvis Bay Corridor Group Wellness team to purchase gloves and thermal guns to be used at border posts, and a donation was made to the Keetmanshoop Police in the //Kharas region.