THE Oshana Regional COVID-19 task force has embarked on a sensitization drive to inform the community on prevention measures to ensure they stop the further spread of the pandemic in the region.
This follows after the region continued to record a growing number of COVID-19 cases. Since Wednesday the region recorded 16 new cases all in Oshakati.
The community of the Oshana Region started the campaign off with a march which started from Okatana service station and concluded in Ondangwa.
“Know the signs of COVID-19, Do you have them. Be tested it’s free.”
“It’s COVID-19 outside.” Those were some of the words displayed on the placards carried by people.
The Oshana Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Rauha Amwele, who also joined the campaign, said taxi and bus drivers and owners are expected to make sure they wear a mask at all times. She said the same goes for all passengers.
Amwele asked everyone to ensure that they wear their masks correctly and not to just leave their masks in their handbags or the coin holders of their cars.
“Please wear your mask as you never know who might have COVID-19 when you are in their midst and do not wait on the police to tell you to wear your mask,” she said.
Amwele indicated that if anyone is caught without wearing a mask they will face arrest. She said that the police will open criminal cases against persistent culprits.
She urged bar owners and to ensure that they adhere to the rules and regulations put in place and have their businesses closed by 22:00 as announced by President Hage Geingob on Wednesday.
“Let us adhere to the rules and regulations to avoid having Christmas in prison,” she emphasised.
The community was urged to ensure they keep 1.5 metres apart, wash their hands and always put their mask on.