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Health screening facilities established at Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts

Health screening facilities established at Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer border posts

The Anglo American Namibia Foundation and De Beers Group, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services opened new health screening facilities at the Ariamsvlei and Noordoewer port border posts to support the country’s efforts to protect citizens from the spread of Covid-19.

The upgrading and construction of the facilities at the two main port border posts with South Africa cost a total of N$4.4 million, De Beers said in a statement.

According to the global diamond giant the facilities have been designed for screening, testing and isolation purposes, and can be used for general health screening even after the pandemic.

In addition to establishing and fully furnishing the facilities, the areas surrounding the facilities were also upgraded.

“These facilities will play an important role in the early identification of potential cases of Covid-19, ensuring any suspected cases can be immediately and safely handled in the appropriate manner to prevent further spread of the virus,” said Richard Cook, Foundation Coordinator of the Anglo American Namibia Foundation.

These facility forms part of De Beers Group’s previously communicated N$15 million in-kind pledge to support Namibia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which to date has also included the establishment of a Covid-19 testing laboratory in partnership with the University of Namibia School of Medicine and donating a Covid-19 testing machine to the Namibia Institute of Pathology.

“We will continue to play our part in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of Namibia in these most difficult times. This is what true partnership is all about and we are deeply proud of our long-standing partnership with the people of Namibia and are committed to facing this challenge together,” said De Beers Group Resident Director, Daniel Kali.


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