Limpopo hopes to reach a million households in COVID-19 testing campaign

Premier Stan Mathabatha says 10 000 volunteers, including community health workers and caregivers, will form part of the screening and testing campaign.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha says they hope to reach about one million households in their COVID-19 screening and testing campaign.

He was speaking at the launch of the provincial campaign in Marapong in Lephalale.

Limpopo currently has 24 cases of the coronavirus.

Mathabatha says 10 000 volunteers, including community health workers and caregivers, will form part of the campaign.

“We don’t want to tell our people to test elsewhere because what we want to do is to go to various households, to visit the households. We have about 900 000 households that we want to visit. Because Limpopo has got 1.6 million households, we want to make sure at least a million or 900 000 is visited.”

Meanwhile, Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya said on Monday more than 700 people have been arrested for the alleged violation of lockdown regulations during the Easter period in the province.

Lerule-Ramakhanya and MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba were monitoring adherence to the national disaster lockdown rules and regulations at Elim and Louis Trichardt in the Makhado Municipal area.

Lerule-Ramakhanya expressed concern about the high number of people, mostly in the rural areas, who are continuing to flout the nationwide lockdown rules and regulations.

The provincial command council team has embarked on a series of awareness campaigns to monitor adherence.

South Africa has been the hardest-hit country in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 2415 confirmed positive cases since its first reported case on March 5, 2020.

So far, the country has managed to minimise the number of deaths from the worldwide pandemic, with only 27 people succumbing from this new strain of the coronavirus.