INMATES at the Windhoek Correctional Facility have been working around the clock to produce face masks to help government in the fight against COVID-19.
As the country gets ready to go into Stage 2 of the lockdown that will require all Namibians to leave their homes wearing masks, inmates, including trial awaiting suspects, have been tirelessly working sewing machines to do their part for the country during incarceration.
The Commissioner-General of the Namibian Correctional Service, Raphael Hamunyela, said both male and female prisoners have volunteered themselves to produce face masks at the Industrial Workshop of the Windhoek Correctional Facility.
“Giving back to the community gives them a sense of pride”, Hamunyela said.
The inmates have so far produced over 4,500 face masks.
According to Hamunyela, it is evident that if given all the support and tools, the inmates will be able to produce large quantities of face masks needed to product citizens against the coronavirus pandemic.
The inmates who spoke to the media said they wanted to do their part not only to protect communities, but do their part as citizens.
Most of them had little to no experience with sewing machines before volunteering themselves, but because of their eagerness to learn and develop new skills, have acquired tailoring skills and are now capable of producing face masks.
Hamunyela yesterday visited the workshop to inspect the work of the inmates.
He was accompanied by Deputy-Commissioner General, Tuhafeni Hangula and the Regional Commander of the Central & Southern Regions, Commissioner Clementine Feris, as well as the officers in charge of the female and male facilities.