REGIONAL Governors are all preparing to help fight the spread of COVID-19 and to control their structures in their areas of responsibility.
During the latest information session at the National Covid-19 Communication Center, the Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua said permanent and mobile roadblocks are conducted in the region.
“There are increased efforts on social mobilization and increasing public awareness in the region by all structures,” noted the governor.
McLeod-Katjirua said posters with vital information on the preventing the spread of the coronavirus were received from the Ministry of Health and Social Services and was distributed to all the constituencies.
With regard to trade she said informal markets will open on Monday. She indicated that the Soweto Market, Lyeeta Market, Okahandja Open Market and Oshetu Market will re-open with stringent hygiene measures in place. The governor further indicated the premises will be disinfected and traders will be provided with soap, sanitizer, masks and gloves. McLeod-Katjirua lastly added that trading hours will only be from 08:00 to 17:00.
“There will be regular inspections, education and awareness sessions at the markets,” noted McLeod-Katjirua.
She also said the Robert Mugabe Clinic has been remodelled and identified as the testing and hosting facility for mild COVID-19 cases. Added to that is the Ramatex buildings that was availed by the Windhoek Municipality that could be used as a quarantine centre.
Neville Itope André, Erongo Regional Governor said the region currently has a 26-bed isolation facility at Walvis Bay and seven-bed facility at Usakos, among others, to cater for COVID-19 cases.
According to André, there are still challenges with the free movement of people in residential areas, the availability of water and food distribution.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor James Uerikua said there are facilities earmarked to isolate possible COVID-19 cases in the region. Uerika added that the region has nine thermo guns, no ventilators.
Zambezi Regional Governor Laurence Sampofu said the region has established committees to manage the pandemic. He added that only 29 people are currently under quarantine in the Zambezi region.
Omaheke Regional Governor Pijoo Nganate said the region have six bed isolation facility for COVID-19 cases among other facilities in various parts of the region.