Wildlife Resorts offers Hardap as quarantine and treatment facility for Corona victims
In a brilliant, innovative move, the state-owned resorts manager, has offered one of its more secluded restcamps as a temporary station to care for and treat people infected with COVID-19.
As of Tuesday 24 March 2020, Namibia had seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. Following the increase, the President, HE Dr Hage Geingob announced further measure, including selected lockdowns, to blanker Namibia against further infections of the corona virus.
Responding to the crisis, the national rest camp operator, Namibia Wildlife Resorts, stated “With the reduction in tourist arrivals into the country and the seemingly increasing need for 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,” said Dr Matthias Ngwangwama (pictured), Wildlife Resorts’ acting Managing Director.
“This measure is to assist the government in these trying times. We believe that each corporate citizen should play its part to reduce the spread of the virus. After the virus has been brought under control, Namibia Wildlife Resorts will thoroughly sanitise the facility and obtain approval from the Ministry of Health and Social Services before it is re-opened to the public,” added Mufaro Nesongano, the company’s Corporate Communications, Online Media and Sponsorships Manager.