Covid-19 testing underway in ELM

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Government and NGOs partner in screening communities. In a coordinated effort to flatten the curve of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) infections, all spheres of government in the province partnered with NGOs to facilitate multiple Covid-19 screening sites across the municipality.

Officials and health workers from the Gauteng Department of Health, Sedibeng District Health Services and Sedibeng and Emfuleni municipalities, worked together in rolling out testing sites from the first week of April.

This was in line with Covid-19 regulations aimed at curbing the spread of the pandemic and taking health services closer to the people.
Following successful screening sites in Vanderbijlpark, Bophelong and Sharpeville, health teams also set up testing camps in several areas, including Zones 6 and 7, Ironsyde and Tshepong.

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku, the province’s MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe and ELM Speaker, Councillor Maipato Tsokolibane visited some of the testing sites.

Speaker Tsokolibane volunteered for testing in Sharpeville, to encourage communities, and fellow Councillors to get tested.

Work to establish more testing sites across the municipality is currently underway. Residents are advised to get tested if they have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Volunteers set up in health teams will undertake doing door to door visits across the municipality to test residents in households.

Residents who have travelled to a country where there is a high risk of getting infected, have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, and have had close contact with patients with severe acute respiratory infections, are also advised to get tested.

For purposes of record-keeping, residents will be asked to produce proof of identity (ID) and residence. This will assist health care givers with the follow up process when necessary.

Acting Director of clinical services for Sedibeng District Health Services, Vusi Mbelu, said they aimed to slow the spread of the virus by bringing testing stations closer to the people.  “We have set up testing sites because people always asked where they could get tested,” he said.

Emfuleni Local Municipality Speaker, Councillor Maipato Tsokolibane leads from the front, voluntarily undergoing screening for Covid-19 at one of the testing sites in Sharpeville.

 

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