WORKERS at Namibia’s premier ship repair yard have been sent home after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Namdock ceased all operations with immediate effect on Monday and took precautionary measures to mitigate the further spread of the virus among other employees.
In a statement by the acting Chief Executive Officer of Namdock Heritha Nankole Muyoba confirmed that one of the employees has unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19 infection.
“Following suspected exposure, the employee, who had fortuitously been working in one of Namdock’s less active and less populated operational areas, was duly sent for testing on the 23 June, and received his results over the past weekend,” she said.
While the infected employee is in a stable condition, he has been placed in a state mandatory isolation facility. The infected employee is being fully medically monitored at the facility, and will be periodically re-tested, until testing negative and cleared to go home.
In mitigating further spread of the coronavirus, Namdock ceased all operations, closed all workshops and facilities as well as administration offices. Most of the workplaces will however be re-opened later today.
While closed all surfaces, facilities and equipment will be disinfected and an immediate contact tracing procedure has been initiated, to ensure all those who have been in contact with the infected employee are immediately traced, tested and placed in quarantine.
Namdock has created and funded a private quarantine facility for its employees specifically for such an eventuality.
All quarantined contacts will be medically monitored and periodically re-tested, until they test negative and are cleared to go home.
“In swiftly going public with this notification, it must be made clear that it is not Namdock’s intention not to cause any undue panic or alarm, but to do the very opposite. Rather – in making this immediate and upfront declaration – we are doing our duty as the responsible and caring Namibian corporate citizen that we are,” Nankole Muyoba said.
She said the company took immediate and extensive measures to deal with the issue, in strict accordance with all Ministry of Health and Social Services’ protocols and guidelines.
“We wish the employee concerned a speedy recovery to full health, and are there to support him and his family throughout this difficult period. We also wish to reassure the community of Walvis Bay that we are doing everything in our power to mitigate any further risk to our employees, suppliers, clients and the greater Walvis Bay community as a whole. In these challenging times, we have the health and well-being of our people and that of the entire coastal community uppermost in our minds and hearts, as always,” Nankole Muyoba concluded.