NamPol must just do police work - Shangula

NamPol must just do police work - Shangula

Minister of Health and Social Service, Dr Kalumbi Shangula said that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) are not allowed to test persons that are found breaking the curfew rules but should rather take them to testing centres.
Speaking to NAMPA on Saturday, Shangula said that NamPol must just do police work by making sure that persons do not break curfew rules as the country has reverted to stage three of the state of emergency following an increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases.
“The public should understand that the police are just there to ensure that rules are followed. If they happen to come across a person that is breaking the rules then they should first take them to health professionals before they do their police work like fining the person,” he said.
This follows after complaints by the members of the public on social platforms and radio stations that the frontline officers deployed to ensure that curfew rules must not be broken are not carrying non-contact thermometers for testing persons they are coming across for the COVID-19 putting them at high risk.
“The general public should understand that COVID-19 is serious and we must work together. There is a need to adhere to restrictions put in place, that is the only way we can win the fight against the pandemic,” he said.
When contacted for a comment by this agency, NamPol spokesperson deputy commissioner Kauna Shikwambi said, “we are aware that the frontline officers are at risk. That is why we have to provide them with masks. If it comes to non-contact thermometers then the health ministry should decide whether our officers should carry them when they are out on the operations,” she said.
Namibia has reverted to Stage 3 of the state of emergency regulations since the country now has more than 3 000 COVID-19 cases, Shangula announced on Wednesday 12 August.
-NAMPA