NMH donates gear for roadblocks

Namibia Media Holdings helps to keep the transport lifeline from South Africa up and running.

02 April 2020 | Disasters

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



Namibia Media Holdings has donated eight digital thermometers to be used at the four checkpoints controlling traffic into the locked-down Khomas Region.

The aim of the donation is to improve the critically important flow of trucks bringing in vital supplies from South Africa.

In conjunction with players in the transport and logistics sector, NMH will also deliver food parcels to the officials manning these roadblocks.

The nationwide distribution of newspapers is an essential service during the state of emergency, NMH public relations officer Maggy Mbako pointed out.

“Information empowers our communities. Namibians need access to newspapers, especially now in this difficult time of travel restrictions and other strict regulations to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

Several problems have been experienced at the Rehoboth, Seeis and Okahandja checkpoints since the start of the lockdown on Saturday.

Some of these were caused by poor communication, but a shortage of medical staff and equipment such as digital thermometers also played a major role, Mbako said.

“In terms of the lockdown regulations, truck drivers must get their temperature checked.

When there is no staff available to perform these checks, trucks are held up for hours.

“The Namibia Defence Force (NDF) has made medical personnel available, and NMH as an information partner in the coronavirus response has decided to sponsor the necessary equipment,” she said.

Mbako added that it is important to provide food and refreshments for the people doing duty at roadblocks.

“When people are hungry and thirsty, the frustration levels increase. Therefore, we will join hands with other stakeholders to ensure that food parcels are delivered to the checkpoints,” she said.

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