by Okeri Ngutjinazo

A GROUP of 35 Namibians and residence permit holders were moved from Greiters Conference and Rehabilitation Centre over the weekend due to water supply problems.

PLACE OF QUARANTINE … The kitchen at Greiters Conference and Rehabilitation Centre where the managers argued that reports of dilapidation are untrue. Photo: Henry Van Rooi

The group were instead relocated to Okapuka Lodge and Daan Viljoen Lodge.

The group arrived in the country on 21 March from Europe and were staying at the facility under supervised quarantine for 14 days as part of the government’s precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Greites Centre is situated 14 kilometres from Windhoek. 

Okapuka Lodge

The quarantine will end this week.

Health minister Kalumbi Shangula told The Namibian that the facility had experienced problems with its water supply which could not be solved because of the altitude of the centre.

“Greites Centre is very high up and the pressure could not be rectified. All the days when they were there, they tried to solve [the water issues] but they failed, so we had to move them,” he said.

Shangula added that the ministry is still providing the group with food, medical services and psychosocial support.

Meanwhile, the Namibia Wildlife Resorts last week offered its Hardap resort for use as an isolation centre for the second group of Namibians who arrived from Europe last Wednesday.

NWR acting managing director Matthias Ngwangwama said the offer comes after a seemingly increasing need for isolation.

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