Lephalale COVID-19 screening and testing in full-swing

Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha launches COVID-19 screening and testing campaign in Lephalale. :Image. Premier's office

Ga-Sele­ka vil­lagers heaved a sigh of relief fol­low­ing loud­hail­er announce­ment that vol­un­teers will vis­it their house­holds to screen and test them of dead­ly coro­n­avirus wreak­ing hav­oc through­out the coun­try.

The cam­paign, led by Limpopo Pre­mier Stan Math­a­batha to test for COVID-19, began in Lep­ha­lale in the Water­berg Dis­trict on Tues­day when vol­un­teers tear-opened their med­ical test­ing kits at Mara­pong Town­ship.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, Pre­mier Math­a­batha stressed that his admin­is­tra­tion has cho­sen to come to Mara­pong, not on account of a doubt that peo­ple here are sick.

“Much the same as Johan­nes­burg in Gaut­eng, We are here in light of the fact that Lep­ha­lale is turn­ing into the focal point of con­t­a­m­i­na­tion in Limpopo. If we start here, we will spare many lives and stop the spread of the infec­tion to a lot more indi­vid­u­als,” added Math­a­batha.

Math­a­batha said 10 000 vol­un­teers, includ­ing health work­ers and care­givers, will form part of the screen­ing and test­ing cam­paign.

“Water­berg Dis­trict alone has an aver­age of 1 150 vol­un­teers who will vis­it at least 10 house­holds per day for 9 days. They should cov­er 100 000 house­holds,” said Math­a­batha.

The Pre­mier indi­cat­ed that the province would­n’t like to advise indi­vid­u­als to test some­where else.

“We want to vis­it house­holds. With 1.6 mil­lion house­holds in Limpopo, we want to make sure we at least vis­it a mil­lion or 900 000 homes.”

Screen­ing and test­ing are also in full-swing at Wit­poort Hos­pi­tal, Ga-Sele­ka, Shon­goane, and Mokur­wanyane includ­ing sub-vil­lages.

The sprout­ing Lep­ha­lale min­ing town, includ­ing vil­lages and Mara­pong Town­ship, boasts 900 000 house­holds and is the home to a mul­ti-bil­lion rand Medupi Pow­er Sta­tion.

On Wednes­day, Hoff­man Mocheko, a res­i­dent at Ga-Sele­ka revealed to Lep­ha­lale Express it mit­i­gat­ed the com­mu­ni­ty in the wake of loud­hail­er announce­ment       that vol­un­teers will vis­it our homes to test us.

“We are wait­ing for them to get us test­ed. We are also pay­ing atten­tion to a call by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to com­ply with gov­ern­ment guide­lines to help bat­tle the dan­ger­ous pan­dem­ic,” added Mocheko.

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