The North West Department of Health MEC Madoda Sambatha visited Hartbeespoort on Thursday to encourage members of the community to come out for mass Covid-19 screening.
The MEC and a delegation of the department, visited the screening station in Xanadu Eco Estate where health workers were screening residents. A mobile testing unit was available at the screening station, should residents be referred for testing.
“The mass screening and testing programme is doing well but we still have a problem in that not enough people are motivated to come out for screening. There is still a lack of understanding of the dangers of walking around with mild or no symptoms. You may have Covid-19 but are not sick. The problem with us South Africans is that we are reactive and not preventative. People only react when they are already sick. Everyone should realise the danger of not knowing your status and unknowingly transmitting the virus,” Sambatha said.
Besides the Klerksdorp-Tshepong Hospital Complex, that was chosen as the designated Covid-19 treatment centre in North West, the department is now also equipping the Job Shimankana Tabane Provincial Hospital in Rustenburg as a second Covid-19 treatment facility.
“Besides that, all regional hospitals have isolation wards for Covid-19 patients. Only the very serious cases will be admitted to Klerksdorp-Tshepong Hospital,” he said.
Mobile testing units have been deployed throughout the province and in Madibeng, one will be based at the Brits District Hospital from where it will travel around the area.
Some of these mobile testing units are equipped with a laboratory that can deliver test results within 45 minutes.
Another mass screening and testing station will be set up at the Doxa Deo Church at Xanadu next Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 April. Community members are urged to go for screening.