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Lephalale COVID-19 screening and testing in full-swing

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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