MOBILE Telecommunications Company (MTC) has announced a strategy to help fight Covid-19. The strategy consists of information sharing, education, prevention, appropriate facilities and service delivery, as well as N$1 million that MTC will distribute to different critical areas.

MTC will share information by sending SMSes on a weekly basis. They have also committed free usage of the company’s emergency response application called Save My City, which the ministry of health can use for instant news notifications regarding the virus. They have also committed to providing vulnerable communities with items such as soap, sanitisers, food parcels and mobile toilets during the lockdown.

Bankers association acts on Covid-19
CHAIRPERSON of the Bankers Association of Namibia (BAN) Sarel van Zyl has announced that banks will remain open for critical services, namely deposits, withdrawals and transfers. Van Zyl also advised customers to make use of electronic services available from banks to avoid congestion at ATMs and branches. Additional cleaning of ATMs, point-of-sale devices and any other human contact surface points will be conducted, said Van Zyl. BAN member banks will continue providing funding where required against the relevant terms and conditions. Payment relief to each bank’s existing client base will be made available to customers impacted by Covid-19 on a case by case basis.

NEFF thanks those working to contain Covid-19
THE Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters (NEFF) thanked the Presidency on measures implemented to contain the coronavirus, also announcing that they fully support the president and the health ministry in their endeavours against Covid-19. NEFF also praised the police, the army, prison services and all medical personnel for their part. They also appealed to those selling protective gear to not take advantage of the crisis and to banking institutions to suspend repayments of loans and overdrafts until the state of emergency is lifted.

NQA office closed until April
THE Namibia Qualifications Authority have announced that their office will be closed until 16 April 2020. In an effort to minimise disruption to service delivery, employees will work from home, therefore, clients can email them their queries. Clients are also encouraged to submit applications through the post. However, new applications will only be dealt with after the lockdown period.

Covid-19 ward construction underway
THE construction of a 150-bed capacity ward behind the Walvis Bay State Hospital commenced yesterday. The ward, constructed for Covid-19 patients from all over the Erongo region, is expected to be operational in three weeks. Resources for the operation of the ward are being put together by the private sector, the Ministry of Works and Transport, as well as the Walvis Bay municipality.

Tip of the day
TO PROTECT yourself and others around you from viruses like the cold, flu and especially Covid-19, practise good respiratory hygiene. This includes covering your nose and mouth with either a tissue or your bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use.

– Compiled by Roxane Bayer

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