Covid-19 screening drive for govt workers

Takalani Sioga 

The Office of the Gauteng Premier has rolled-out a mass screening and testing campaign for government workers, including the City of Joburg, until 30 May.

  The mass screening and testing campaign under the auspices of the Gauteng Transversal Employee Health and Wellness Programme (EHWP) will be rolled out in two categories. Category A encompasses essential service workers, security personnel, and support staff returning to work under Level 4 lockdown regulations. Category B will target employees who were working from home and will be returning to work post the lockdown.

  The programme will cover the municipalities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng, the West Rand and Tshwane.

  The City of Joburg has rolled out a massive public testing campaign in its seven regions and informal settlements. It has availed about 21 clinics across the municipality as testing centres for symptomatic residents. The municipality has also established a 24-hour Joint Operations Centre at its headquarters, the Metro Centre to assist local residents with any emergencies during the national state of disaster.

  Mayor Geoff Makhubo urges residents that are symptomatic to get tested at the closest testing and screening station in their region. Joburg residents who wish to locate clinics made available for Covid-19 screening should call the City’s 24-hour centre on 010 224 0932, says Makhubo.

  “It is incumbent on us to help flatten the curve and fight this coronavirus. Please continue wearing your masks when going out, practice social distancing and wash hands regularly,” he adds.

  Provincial and local government employees who want more information about the mass screening and testing campaign can contact Mandu Menze on 076 447 7973 or email

  According to health authorities, people may show symptoms of the coronavirus after 14 days of acquired infection. Most common indicators of Covid-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough.

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