Parcels for Namibian students in Cuba to leave on Friday

The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Wednesday confirmed that the parcels prepared by families of Namibian students currently studying in Cuba will leave for Havana on Friday.

A media statement issued by the health ministry on Wednesday said the parcels will be transported to the Cuban capital via Johannesburg and are scheduled to arrive in Havana on 24 September 2020.

“The purchase order for the cargo operators was issued to the service provider on 09 September 2020,” said the statement.

This arrangement follows the non-materialisation of the first attempt to deliver the parcels at the beginning of last month to students enrolled at different tertiary institutions in Cuba, who have been struggling to buy basic toiletries and other necessities due to a lockdown in Cuba since mid-March.

According to the statement, the main challenge in executing the delivery of the cargo to Havana has been the non-availability of flights due to the suspension of commercial flights and closures of airspace by several governments around the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry further said the demand for international cargo services has outstripped supply due to increased demand to deliver COVID-19 related supplies around the world.

Source: Namibia Press Agency