Water reconnection a boost for COVID-19 mitigation

Cleophas Mutjavikua; Governor; “Water remains a vital ingredient in the baseline precautionary measures.”

Enrich Kashona, at one of the area’s public toilets which is in a deplorable state. Photo Adolf Kaure

Swakopmund • adolf@erongo.com.na The governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, said that residents living in the Erongo region who had their water disconnected will have it reconnected. He said this at a media conference that took place at the governor’s office. “It was made clear that water connection is mandatory and all local authorities must adhere to the directive from the minister of urban and rural development. Water remains a vital ingredient in the baseline precautionary measures.” The governor had a meeting with regional councillors, mayors and CEOs of towns in the Erongo region, where he discussed several issues including the reconnection of water. “The normal personal hygiene was discussed as well as the importance of ensuring the safeguarding of social distancing,” he said. Mutjavikua confirmed that the partial lockdown for the Erongo region will come into effect on Friday at 23:59 as a curbing measure to mitigate the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. According to him, all inhabitants of Erongo and Khomas will not be allowed to travel outside their respective regions. “Cabinet took deliberate measures to strengthen detection, testing, quarantine, isolation and contact tracing to mitigate the further spread of this virus. The Erongo and the Khomas regions are on partial lockdown. Thus internal restrictions will apply with respect to the two regions for a period of 21 days, starting on Friday 27 March and ending 16 April,” Mutjavikua said. Officials will be stationed at border points of the Erongo region to ensure that only people who are travelling due to an emergency that can be proven, leave the region. There have been seven Covid-cases reported in Namibia so far. After the first two cases were reported, the country went into a state of emergency, as announced by President Hage Geingob. Inhabitants of the region have also been told that they should rather stay at home during this period, with both private and public companies urged to allow employees to work from home. Officials from the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) will be roaming the streets of the towns of the two regions to make sure that all residents are in their homes after 18:00 daily. Residents have been urged to call the national Covid-19hotline (0800 100 100) and should the need arise, the Erongo rapid response team can be contacted. The Erongo rapid response team’s contact details are: Anna Jonas (director of health) – 081 122 O9OO, Bella Situde (personal assistant of the governor) – 081 146 1296 and Annette Kapapu - 081 161 8678, Habatte Doeses (chief regional officer) - 081 148 7275, Sarah-Leigh Elago (Community Activist) - 081 204 5282 and Sebedeus Gariseb (from the Walvis Rural constituency) - 081 309 7793.

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