Limpopo Traditional Health Practitioners (LTHPs) joined the rest of medical fraternity and the government of the Republic of South Africa in encouraging communities to observe and adhere to 21 days lockdown and all efforts linked to the prevention of localised infections of Corona virus.
On the morning of 26 March 2020 the Executive Committee of LTHPs welcomed the delivery of 5000 face masks branded ‘LTHPs Cares – Stay at Home, Tshamani Makaya, Dzulani Mahayani, Dulang Magae’.
According to the Chairperson of Limpopo Traditional Health Practitioners T-Dr Morefi N. Makgabo the purchase of the masks was made possible through fundraising efforts, without any budget allocated by the Provincial Department of Health or funds from members.
“Corona virus outbreak affect us all. We could not stand and look away when the nation is in crisis and in dire need of factual information about this terrible disease. We pulled all stops to ensure that we become part of the solution and not the aggravate the problem” explained Ngaka Makgabo
Hours to the countdown of the national lockdown, the spokesperson of LTHP TDr Maleke Marshingwane led the charge by holding an information sharing workshop with traditional health practitioners at his operational centre in Matshitaneng, Tafelkop. Ngaka Maleke closed his normal operations by allocating LTHPs Care branded masks to his trainees and other traditional healers to use during the lockdown. The message to them was to encourage communities to Stay-at-Home.