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Namibia tests 2 434 samples out of 100 000 targeted

The Ministry of Health and Social Services has so far tested 2 434 samples for COVID-19 out of 100 000 targeted for the duration of the state of emergency.
This was said by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Esther Muinjangue on Tuesday, after she announced at the COVID-19 Information Centre in Windhoek that there are no changes in the Coronavirus situation in the country.
The testing was done by the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP) and Pathcare.

Salary cuts loom at NMH amid COVID-19

Employees of Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) might soon feel the COVID-19 pinch as the company reportedly plans to slash their salaries by 20 per cent in efforts to align its business.
Nampa has been reliably informed that the decision is yet to be implemented, but an internal communique has been sent out to the affected employees.
Approached for comment, NMH Chief Executive Officer Albe Botha disputed the 20 per cent proposed salary cut but presented no alternative figure.

Stolen church bell recovered

The church bell stolen at Ondangwas last week, was on Wednesday discovered metres away from the church by members of the public.
The N.dollars 50 000 bell of the Oshitayi Evangelical Lutheran Church of Namibia (ELCIN) church was stolen on either Thursday or Friday, Pastor Kleopas Amaambo told Nampa on Monday.
“We only realised it was missing when I was helping elders from Okankolo,” Amaambo said.
A case was opened at the Ondangwa Police Station on Friday.
Amaambo said they also announced on local radio that the bell was missing.

Medipark donates medical equipment to Oshakati Intermediate Hospital

The Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on Wednesday handed over medical equipment valued at N.dollars 791 000 to the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The equipment includes two ventilators, monitors, suction units and an emergency trolley.
Handing over the equipment, Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital Managing Director Dr Tshali Iithete said there is a critical shortage of ventilators worldwide, a shortage which is even more glaring in Namibia.

Oshana establishes regional COVID-19 response hospital

A temporary 52-room hospital has been established at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region to handle any reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the region.
The temporary COVID-19 hospital has been established at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair Centre, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari said during a media briefing here on Wednesday.
“The temporary hospital will be used for managing COVID-19 infected patients with mild to severe conditions only and also includes a ward for the doctors and nurses, as well as a wing for a sluice facility,” he said.

Geingob replaces eight governors, retains six

President Hage Geingob has made drastic changes to the composition of the regional governors by showing eight the door and retaining six from the current crop.
Geingob made the changes on Tuesday, according to a statement issued to the media by presidential spokesperson Alfredo Hengari.
Those whose tenure ended are Otjozondjupa governor Otto Ipinge, Oshikoto’s Henock Kankoshi, Erongo’s Cleophas Mutjavikua, Omaheke’s Festus Ueitele, Ohangwena’s Usko Nghaamwa, Hardap’s Esme Isaack, ||Kharas’ Lucia Basson and Kavango East’s Samuel Mbambo.

North West Plastic Manufacturers donates water tanks to Ondangwa Council

North West Plastic Manufacturers (NWPM) has donated three 5000-litre water tanks to residents of the informal settlements of Ondangwa to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
The donation, made through the Ondangwa Town Council here on Wednesday is valued at N.dollars 14 000.
Handing over the water tanks, NWPM production manager Kalimba Lukas said water is essential for the community of Ondangwa who are without water and in dire need of such help in this difficult time.