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Covid-19 testing and screening in Mkhondo

On Friday, 10 April members of the Department of Health, Mkhondo SAPS and Mkhondo Local Municipality started screening members of the community and if they deemed it necessary, they also tested them.

The primary purpose of screening tests is to detect early disease or risk factors for disease in large numbers of apparently healthy individuals. The purpose of a diagnostic test is to establish the presence (or absence) of disease as a basis for treatment decisions in symptomatic or screen positive individuals (confirmatory test).

The screening included a questionnaire that had to be completed by individuals, to determine if they had any symptoms of the coronavirus or if they may have been in contact with a carrier of the disease. The questionnaire was followed by body temperature testing, which was done by an infrared thermometer and could be done from a distance (no physical contact required.)

On Friday, 10 April and Saturday, 11 April the residents of Rustplaas were screened.

The following is an outline of the screening that was done by the authorities:

Sunday, 12 April Ward 8 (Ajax and Dr. Pols):

  • Total households reached: 272
  • People screened: 1 153
  • 0 Suspected cases
  • Households with no occupants: 64

Tuesday, 14 April Ward 10 (Osloop):

  • Households visited: 233
  • Individuals screened: 1 264
  • Suspected cases: 0

Thursday, 16 April Ward 10 (Community hostel) and Ward 11 (Thokozani):

  • Number of teams deployed: 20
  • Number of community health workers: 115
  • Households visited: 636
  • Number of people screened: 1 988
  • Refused screening: 2

Friday, 17 April – Ward 10 (Retiefville) and Ward 11 (Eziphunzini and Enaraba):

  • Number of teams deployed: 24
  • Number of community health workers: 114
  • Households visited: 794
  • Number of individuals screened: 2 981
  • Refused screening: 15
  • 1 Suspected case

Monday, 20 April – Ward 10 (Kempville) and Ward 12 (Long Homes, Mafred, Sbetha):

  • 22 teams deployed
  • Number of community health workers: 167
  • 918 households visited
  • 3 626 people screened
  • Refused screening: 7 individuals

Tuesday, 21 April – Ward 13 (Sbetha, parts of Eziphunzini, parts of Phosa Village and parts of Mangosuthu), Ward 15 (Entombe) and Zone 5 (retail stores in town):

  • 817 households visited
  • 3 331 individuals screened
  • 28 people refused screening

Wednesday, 22 April – Ward 13, 14, 16 and 17 (Mangosutho, Phola Park, Esinkonjaneni, Phoswa), Ward 18 (Mabilisa and Masihabisane East) and Ward 7 (retail stores):

  • Households visited: 1 195
  • Individuals screened: 4 639
  • Refused screening: 13 individuals

Thursday, 23 April – Ward 3 (Dirkiesdorp and KwaNgema), Ward 10 (Emagadeni) and Ward 19 (Amsterdam, Ezinyembezini, Thokozani and the Correctional Service Centre):

  • 451 households visited
  • 2 979 people screened
  • 4 individuals refused screening

Friday, 24 April – Ward 7 (Huis Immergroen and MLM Employees), Ward 8 (Maphepheni), Ward 9 (Sulphur Springs), Ward 11 (Emagadeni) and Ward 19 (Amsterdam):

  • Households visited: 615
  • People screened: 2 672
  • Refused screening: 11

Saturday, 25 April – Ward 1 (Driefontein and Mkhize Village), Ward 2 (Esibovini and Masihambisane) and Ward 19 (Amsterdam, during N2-roadblock and Piet Retief Hospital):

  • Households visited: 460
  • Individuals screened: 1 862
  • 11 people refused screening

Sunday, 26 April – Ward 4 (Iswepe), Ward 19 (Amsterdam), N2 roadblock and Piet Retief Hospital:

  • 298 households visited
  • 1 238 people screened
  • 16 people refused screening

Monday, 27 April – Ward 4 (Iswepe), Piet Retief Hospital, N2 roadblock and Primary Health Care facilities:

  • Households visited: 345
  • People screened: 1 596
  • Refused screening: 0

Tuesday, 28 April – Ward 14 (Harmony Park), Ward 15 (Entombe), Ward 17 (Ezinkonjaneni and Phoswa Village), Piet Retief Hospital, Mkhondo clinics and N2-roadblocks:

  • 1 322 households visited
  • 6 050 screened
  • 23 people refused screening

Wednesday, 29 April – Ward 1 (Saul Mkhizeville New Stands), Ward 7 (Group 10), Ward 11 (Eziphunzini), Ward 12 (Richards Bay and Sbetha), Ward 13 (Mangosuthu), Ward 14 (Harmony Park), Ward 16 (Phola Park), Ward 17 (Phoswa Village and Hlalangenkani) and Ward 19 (Amsterdam):

  • 1 575 households visited
  • 6 235 people screened
  • 40 people refused screening

Thursday, 30 April – Ward 1 (Saul Mkhizeville New Stands), Ward 3 (Kwa-Ngema), Ward 5 (KwaThandeka and France), Ward 7 (Group 10), Ward 11 (Eziphunzini), Ward 14 (Group 10), Ward 16 (Phola Park), Ward 17 (Ezinkonjaneni and Phoswa Village), Ward 18 (Saul Mkhizeville Old Stands), Ward 19 (Amsterdam Town), Piet Retief Hospital, Primary Health Care facilities and at a N2-roadblock:

  • Households visited: 1 941
  • Individuals screened: 7 501
  • Refused screening: 44

Friday, 1 May – Ward 5 (KwaThandeka), Ward 16 (Phola Park), Ward 17 (Ezinkomeni), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • 607 households visited
  • 2 668 individuals screened
  • 7 people refused screening

Saturday, 2 May – Ward 16 (Phola Park), Ward 17 (Ezinkomeni and Hlalangenkani), Piet Retief Hospital, N2-roadblock and PHC facilities:

  • Households visited: 397
  • Individuals screened: 1 578
  • Refused screening: 6

Sunday, 3 May – Ward 14 (Mangosuthu), Ward 16 (Phola Park), Ward 17 (Ezinkomeni and Hlalangenkani), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • 273 households visited
  • 1 385 individuals screened
  • 9 people refused screening

Monday, 4 May – Ward 5 (KwaThandeka) Ward 7 CBD (Spar Centre, Boxer Centre, Mall@Mfula), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • Households visited: 382
  • People screened: 3 739
  • Refused screening: 12
  • Tested: 12

Tuesday, 5 May – Ward 5 (KwaThandeka), Ward 6 (Rusplaas 2), Ward 8 (Maphepheni), Ward 7 CBD (Spar Centre, Boxer Centre, Mall@Mfula), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • Households visited: 407
  • Individuals screened: 4 251
  • Refused screening: 20

Wednesday, 6 May – Ward 4 (Iswepe RDP, Umlazi), Ward 7 CBD (Spar Centre, Boxer Centre and Mall@Mfula), Ward 19 (Thokozani), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • Households visited: 520
  • Individuals screened: 5 832
  • Refused screening: 19

Thursday, 7 May – Ward 4 (Msinyane, Mduduzani and Vuka), Ward 19 (Dr. Forbes Farms and Westoe Dam), Ward 7 CBD (Spar Centre, Boxer Centre and Mall@Mfula), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities R543-roadblock and N2-roadblock:

  • 578 households visited
  • 6 162 people screened
  • 7 refused screening
  • 26 individuals tested at the mobile lab.

Friday, 8 May – Ward (Jabulani, Nongena and Msinyane), Ward 19 (Isihanahana, Starford and De Hoop Eggs), Ward 7 CBD (Spar Centre, Boxer Centre and Mall@Mfula), Piet Retief Hospital, RH Private Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • 372 households visited
  • 4 257 individuals screened
  • 12 refused screening

Saturday, 9 May – Ward 18 (Driefontein old Stand), Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • Households visited: 408
  • Individuals screened: 2 640
  • Refused screening: 21

Sunday, 10 May – Ward 18 (Driefontein Old Stand and Ezindlini, Nkabi and Makhundula), Piet Retief Hospital, RH Piet Retief Hospital, PHC facilities and N2-roadblock:

  • 431 households visited
  • 2 246 people screened
  • 23 individuals refused screening

Why do people refuse to be screened? Surely you might have had a headache, blocked nose or sore throat during the lockdown period.

Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to know your status?

There have been many statements made on social media, stating that people have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Lothair and other areas that fall under the Mkhondo District. According to Mr Vincent Sengwayo, the manager of RH Piet Retief Hospital, no positive case have been identified in Mkhondo.

 

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