A Gauteng Health Department Official collects samples from a man during a door-to-door COVID-19 coronavirus testing drive in Yeoville, Johannesburg, on April 3, 2020. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

Health workers in door-to-door Covid-19 testing

Yeoville – Health workers recently engaged in door-to-door Covid-19 testing in Yeoville.

The workers set up a testing station at the front porch of a block of flats, armed with screening questionnaires and testing kits.

  Nurse Xola Dlomo said they were asking residents to mobilise fellow flat dwellers to come for screening and tests.

  “They have been coming for screening and they are even open to testing if they have symptoms,” Dlomo said.

  Yeoville team leader Kegorapetse Ndingandinga said: “The health of our people is our first consideration.”

  After his sample was taken, resident Michael Moshone said: “It is a little uncomfortable, but you’ve got to be strong because you want to know exactly what is going on with you. This thing is like HIV because when HIV started here we didn’t take it seriously until we saw people dying.”

  Before the rollout of mass screening and testing, more than 47 500 tests had been performed, 6 000 of them at public health centres.

  The country is embarking in a widespread testing and quarantine campaign involving about 10 000 field workers, who get into homes in villages, towns and cities to screen for Covid-19 symptoms.

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