Dundee contributes N$5 million to Tsumeb District hospital for Covid-19

07 April 2020 | Health

Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (Pty) limited (DPMT) have reaffirmed its support to the Tsumeb community by improving the preparedness levels of the Tsumeb District hospital. This support to the hospital amounts to N$5 million.
The donation will aid with the upgrading of the existing isolation wards at the hospital, including other related services. The company is also providing support towards the awareness campaign of the ministry of health and social services by printing additional communication material about Covid-19 and help in the distribution of the materials.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and our first priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our workforce and the community in which we operate,” said Zebra Kasete, the vice president and managing director of DPMT.
According to Kasete, the company has been following the national safety instructions and proactively introduced protocols to protect their employees.
Kasete emphasised the importance of teamwork and unity stating that beating the pandemic will require full and active participation from everyone. “Failing to help vulnerable people, communities or countries during this pandemic will put many at risk and therefore it is everyone’s responsibility to contain the spread of the virus”, he concluded.

DPMT creates own hand sanitiser for their employees

DPMT has been actively doing what they can to support their employees and have started producing their own hand sanitiser as per the World Health Organization’s guidelines as part of their efforts to fight the further spread of Covid-19 in the country.
According to Herbicious Tiyeho, a senior chemist in control of quality systems at DPMT, the need to make hand sanitisers inhouse was triggered by the increased demand caused by the current pandemic of Covid-19, which caused a depletion of stock in shops and pharmacies across the country.
“To enhance good personal hygiene practices, the company took the initiative to create sanitizer and distribute it freely to our workforce. The hand sanitisers are placed at different strategic points for employees to use,” said Alina Garises, the communications manager at Dundee.
“This is an example of what the world needs right now and is further proof that in these uncertain times, the more we can work together to help those affected by COVID-19 the better it will be for us all,” Tiyeho further stated.
Tiyeho urged employees and members of the community to be cautious when purchasing hand sanitisers online from third party sellers.
“If someone is callous enough to try to make a profit off a pandemic, they might be callous enough to cut hand sanitiser with all sorts of chemicals.”

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