Ambulance drivers party like it’s 2019

26 April 2021 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK

A team of ministry of health ambulance drivers, responsible for transporting confirmed and suspected Covid-19 cases, allegedly held a birthday party at a state-sanctioned guesthouse in violation of Covid-19 protocols.

According to an inside source, they invited a group of women to the guesthouse, which serves as an isolation unit, without adhering to any regulations.

“These guys are booked into a guesthouse near Dorado Valley, isolated from the rest of us and their families because they are high risk.

“If they want to go home for their one week off, then they are tested two days before and when the result is negative then they can go home and come back after the week off,” the source said.

According to pictures in Namibian Sun’s possession, the partygoers shared a hookah pipe, had drinks and huddled up against each other posing for pictures without a single mask in sight.

The executive director of the health ministry, Ben Nangombe, said the matter had not been reported to him.

He said he had forwarded the details to the relevant hospital authorities to look into the matter.

“We have not yet commenced any internal investigation, but it is a point of concern if health workers were found to have violated the rules.

“Covid-19 is here and it is killing people in this country and we should not do anything that contributes to further spread of the virus.

“If anyone has any information about such violations, such information must be brought to the attention of the health authorities,” he said.

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