WINDHOEK: The full-scale emergency simulation exercise conducted in the capital on Thursday was a success, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) said yesterday.
NAC Head of Corporate Communications, Mia Davids said during a media at the Eros Airport that the requirements for an airport emergency team to arrive at an incident on an airport is between two and three minutes, which the NAC’s fire brigade managed, while other services like the City of Windhoek Emergency Services was on the scene within 15 minutes.
Apart from the NAC, the Namibian Police Force, City Police and its Emergency Services Units, various hospitals and paramedical services in the capital took part in the emergency simulation exercise at the Eros Airport in the capital.
A total of 150 people varying from passengers and distressed family members, emergency workers, firefighters, police and paramedics took part in the exercise.
The simulation exercise was monitored throughout by members of the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DCA) to evaluate the response time of the various role players, and make recommendations to improve where there are shortcomings.
Similar simulation exercises will soon be carried out at the Ondangwa Airport in the Oshana Region and Walvis Bay Airport in the Erongo Region.
ONGWEDIVA; Several supporting staff workers of the Ohangwena Region’s Engela, Eenhana and Okongo hospitals staged a peaceful demonstration at the three hospitals on Thursday, demanding outstanding overtime payments.
The disgruntled workers include institutional workers, clerical assistants, cleaners, labourers, porters, work hands, mortuary assistants, laundry equipment assistants and cooks.
Those who demonstrated at the Eenhana Hospital handed over their petition to the regional office of the Ministry of Health and Social Services there.
Demonstrators claim that the Health Ministry owes them overtime payments as from April to September this year for working night shifts and on Sundays and public holidays.
They threatened that all workers in the said job categories will stop working night shifts on Sundays and public holidays as from the 30th of this month, should they not get satisfactory answers by Monday next week.