Staff Writer

Old Mutual has donated N$1.3 million to the National Disaster Fund geared towards the payment of allowances to temporary recruited medical professionals by the Government to assist on the frontlines against the COVID-19 pandemic as a final installment of its committed N$5 million.

“We are deeply aware of the critical work being done by all health essential service workers across the country as they continue to serve, care and protect our nation during this challenging time. In fact, these healthcare workers not only form a critical part of the overall essential services in the community but they are equally our customers, families and friends,” Old Mutual Executive – Marketing, Communication and Customer Strategy ,Ndangi Katoma said.

Part of the committed N$5 Million was a N$1 million that provided for food supplies for vulnerable people in our country.

“With additional internally mobilized funds for this purpose. I am pleased, Right Honorable Prime Minister, to announce that we have spent N$1.5 million and concluded the food supply roll-out to provide food supplies to 3 017 vulnerable people across all the 14 regions in our country,” he said.

Katoma said an amount of N$2,7 million was used to scale up COVID-19 testing capacity of which N$1.7 million was used to acquire testing equipment to broaden the scale of testing.

“The machines and testing kits were procured at a value of N$1.781 million and delivered to the National Institute of Pathology in April this year. The N$1 million was used to strengthen tracing capacity for effective tracing of COVID-19 exposed people. To that end, Old Mutual delivered 35 Dell laptops and 37 Samsung tablets to the Ministry of Health and Social Services in June 2020, procured at a total cost of N$998 030.46,” he said.

He said the company had also provided premium relief support to severely affected customers in the form of additional and automatic premium holidays to over 4 000 customers.

“Equally, we extended premium contribution holidays to over 30 corporate funds,” Katoma said.