COVID-19 mass screen testing programme launched

GA-MASEMOLA – Following the provincial launch of the screen testing programme in Lephalale on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 by Premier Chupu Mathabatha, Sekhukhune District Municipality launched its COVID-19 mass screening campaign in Ga-Masemola on Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

This after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the mass screen testing a few weeks ago in an effort to find out who was and was not infected with the deadly Coronavirus.

The programme involves community health workers, care groups, lay counselors, health promotion officers, home based care givers and condom distributors cohort.

Trained volunteers are expected to visit at least 10 households per day, which is likely to be more, depending on a number of people per household.

During the provincial launch of the programme, Premier Chupu Mathabatha said the calculations they had done were simple, 10 000 volunteers per 10 households over nine days from 14th to 24th  April 2020 would give about 900 000 households out of a total of 1.4 million households in the province.

The province’s four districts were expected to have commenced with their screen testing so that by 24 April 2020, the entire province would have been covered.

Stanley Ramaila, Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, appealed to communities to give the volunteers a chance to with them.

Ramaila said appropriate measures would be taken against those in communities who disturb the volunteers in carrying out their work.

Accompanied by SDM Executive Committee Members (Exco) and health workers, Ramaila appealed to people of the district to welcome the volunteers in their homes for screen testing purposes.

 “Thus far Sekhukhune District still remains the only district in Limpopo without any confirmed cases of COVID19. We encourage all our people to keep it that way by obeying the national lockdown regulations. Stay indoors, wash your hands regularly with soap and practice social distancing so we can be able to beat this virus,” said Ramaila.

Selina Ralefe, Sekhukhune District Health Executive Manager, said 2000 trained volunteers were well equipped with Personal Protective Equipment.

Thapelo Motseo

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