Windhoek, 25 March 2020 – On 14 March 2020 Namibia recorded its first case of COVID-19. On the same day the Namibian Head of State, President Hage Geingob put in place measures to safeguard the lives of the Namibian nation. However, on 24 March 2020, Namibia had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. With the increase of COVID-19 cases, Dr Geingob further announced measures aimed at curbing the rise of COVID-19 incidences within the country. Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR), a State-Owned Enterprise, has come to aid the Government in its hour of need.
“With the reduction in tourist arrivals into the country and the seemingly increasing need for isolation facilities for Namibians who will require clean and well-equipped isolation facilities, we saw it necessary to offer of one of our facilities to be utilised by the Government. With the Hardap resort being close to the Mariental Hospital, from where medical services can easily be provided, we believe that the 54 rooms, with 220 beds, ranging from dormitory rooms to family chalets with self-catering facilities would provide the necessary isolation environment needed,” says Dr Matthias Ngwangwama, NWR Acting Managing Director.
“This measure is aimed at assisting the Government in these trying times. We believe that each corporate citizen should play its part to reduce the further spread of the virus. After the virus has been brought under control, NWR will thoroughly sanitise the facility and acquire approval from the Ministry of Health and Social Services before it is re-opened to the public” says Mufaro Nesongano, NWR Corporate Communications, Online Media and Sponsorships Manager.