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    Health workers fighting COVID-19 in hotspot areas

    Thu, Feb 11, 2021

    Tshwane's health workers are working non-stop to assist residents in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By utilising all available resources to engage this virus, the City of Tshwane Health Department wants to ensure that health services are rendered where they are needed on the ground.

    A COVID-19 outreach programme to hotspot areas was put into operation to reach residents, especially vulnerable persons. This programme consists of a mobile test unit that is fully equipped to screen patients and, where necessary, to conduct COVID-19 tests. The unit is manned by primary healthcare practitioners and support staff, and together they form a formidable team. Other municipal health services are also rendered during these events.

    Wards to which services should be deployed are identified after weekly COVID-19 statistical reports are received. Depending on the number of positive cases identified in a ward, these hotspots are targeted. When the wards are identified, a venue with high public access is identified for the outreach campaign. The team of different role players is then deployed to the venue from 09:00 to 13:00 on the applicable day. Members of the public can then be screened and, if necessary, tested for free.

    The process of testing, analysing and communicating with the patient is done according to the approved protocol from the Department of Health. This will be an ongoing effort from the City of Tshwane and residents are urged to make use of this opportunity to be screened and tested.

    The symptoms of COVID-19 include the loss of smell and taste, coughing, a sore throat, shortness of breath and fever.

    Please contact a healthcare provider immediately if you develop a fever, cough, shortness of breath, a sore throat, muscle aches or other flu-like symptoms from two to ten days after you had close contact with a person with COVID-19.

    To protect yourself and others, it is important to do the following:

    • Wear a mask
    • Maintain a physical distance of a few metres from other people
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Sanitise your hands by using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser
    • Cough or sneeze into your upper bended arm or use a tissue or handkerchief

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