By Noel Iyombwa
Lusaka – The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has established a well-equipped isolation facility for truckers at the Namibian Atlantic Coast port, to make quarantining of transporters more comfortable.
WBCG business development manager for Zambia Mr James Kaposa said facility was created through a joint venture between the Namibia Ports Authority, government agencies and the private sector.
Mr Kaposa said truckers entering Namibia would be housed at the facility as a COVID-19 control measure. The centre has neat accommodation, retail facilities and a mobile clinic.
WBCG chief executive officer Mr Hippy Tjivikua said the facility sat on 60,000 square metres of land owned by a private stakeholder, who will manage it with assistance from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.
Mr Tjivikua said drivers who tested negative for COVID-19 would be housed at the facility for seven days, and would be allowed to enter Walvis Bay Port to deliver or collect consignments during that period.
He said no trucks would parked within Walvis Bay Town, unless they were stationed inside a designated depot.
Mr Tjivikua added, “One of the biggest advantages is that we already have the infrastructure and people in place to provide medical assistance to the truck drivers. Under our wellness portfolio, our focus includes HIV/Aids and COVID-19.”