Health, Presidency apologise after media were denied access to COVID-19 ICU commissioning

Health, Presidency apologise after media were denied access to COVID-19 ICU commissioning

Ministry of Health Executive Director Ben Nangombe apologised to the media representatives who were denied entry into the commissioning of the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
A statement sent to the media this afternoon said the restriction was necessitated by social distancing imperatives.
The state of emergency regulations on public gatherings limits the number of people to less than 50 per event.
The Presidency media team also extended its apologies for the inconvenience caused by the incident.
In a media statement, the Presidency further reassured the media that it values the important role of the media in a healthy democracy and will continue to ensure media freedom as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia.
The incident happened as a result of miscommunication between the Presidency Media Team and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.
Two journalists today opened a case of assault against police officers who removed them from the event, officiated by President Hage Geingob.