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NC wind farms, depts partner to boost essential services

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Funding has been received for essential services including support for district health services, community food relief and other critical needs in the Hantam Municipality.

THE NORTHERN Cape departments of Health and Social Development have joined hands with the Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms to provide funding for essential services including support for district health services, community food relief and other critical needs in the Hantam Municipality.

“It has been important to prioritise the most vulnerable community members as well as the health services that will help to protect both our community members and the greater Hantam municipal area, which includes the local clinic and the hospitals that have been earmarked to treat Covid-19 patients and the district’s quarantine facility,” Vanessa Fredericks, economic development manager for Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm, said on Monday. 

Through the Department of Social Development, food parcels have been distributed in the Loeriesfontein community to the most vulnerable community members, as determined by protocols. 

The Loeriesfontein Community Health Centre, which is a quarantine site for those who need to self-isolate and cannot do so at home, has received much needed personal protection equipment (PPE), in addition to the Loeriesfontein PHC Clinic and Abraham Esau Hospital in Calvinia, which is a designated institution to treat Covid-19 patients in the Hantam Municipality area.

“We received a list of required medical PPE from the Namakwa District Office and are pleased to confirm that delivery is currently in progress,” Fredericks said.

The wind farms also responded to a request to provide an infrared thermometer, PPE gear and hand sanitisers to assist with screening at roadblocks and community screening interventions. These interventions are in collaboration with the Northern Cape Department of Health.

Additionally the wind farms have also funded a hot water geyser at the Loeriesfontein CHC, as requested by the Hantam Municipality.

PPE gear includes surgical and respiratory masks; disposable gowns, aprons, coveralls; gloves; eye protection (face shield); handgun thermometers; boot covers; gum boots; electrostatic disinfectant spray guns; and hand sanitisers, amongst other items.

Similarly, Noupoort Wind Farm has funded PPE to help keep local front-line health care workers at Eurekaville Clinic, Nonqo Simon Zono Clinic and the Noupoort Community Health Care Centre safe. 

Although the Covid-19 cases will not be treated in this Northern Cape town but will serve as isolation and quarantine sites. Noupoort Wind Farm has deemed it necessary to assist in this manner as the Department of Health and the Department of Public Works ensure that Noupoort Health facilities are adequately prepared for the pandemic.