Traditional authorities doing their bit

28 April 2020 | Government

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The governor of the Erongo region, Neville Andre, is pleased with the response and efforts of traditional authorities to curb the Covid-19 pandemic in their respective settlements.

Andre visited various traditional authorities in the region and was briefed on activities related to the pandemic.

“All traditional councillors whom I have met with, are meeting lockdown regulations. The authorities, based on their own capacities, are adhering to most aspects such as having sanitizers, the washing of hands, maintaining social distance, avoiding close contact and are educating their community members about the measures,” he said.

However, they are facing challenges of water supply and food, of which the office of the governor is seeking to provide solutions.

Andre emphasised that although one of the four cases recorded in the region has recovered, the good news should not be a reason to be complacent.

“Of the four recorded cases we have, one has fully recovered. This does not mean that we can to rest on our laurels. We have to work harder and ensure that we defeat the virus.”

One positive development pertaining to Covid-19, was a food donation by Lifeline/Childline Namibia. The donation will assist children in some parts of the region, so too a donation of eight tanks of water which have the capacity of 10 000 litres each and 30 dry sanitation toilets by NamPower.

Andre said that more still needs to be done. He called on other stakeholders and the private sector to further support initiatives to alleviate and curb the spread of the virus.

He also thanked government, regional councillors, SOEs, the private sector, local authorities, traditional leaders, the security cluster and all other stakeholders for their continuous support in fighting the pandemic.

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