• January 22, 2021
  • Seithuto Seakgwa
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COVID-19 Information Update

The number of known active Covid-19 cases in SA has climbed to more than 1 million in the past few weeks.

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced recently that there were now 1,337 926 Covid-19 infections confirmed since the outbreak of the coronavirus in South Africa 10 months ago. An Alert Level 3 is in place since 28 December 2020, in order to mitigate the situation. It includes restrictions on many activities, prohibited alcohol sales, a curfew, and mandatory mask-wearing in public.

As workers are returning to work and children are yet to return to schools, having travelled during the festive season to what has been termed  ‘hot spot’, the situation is predicted to get worse. Our public health system is battling under the strain of Covid-19 related hospitalizations.

This current state of affairs presents us as an organization with a responsibility to ensure and promote the health safety of co-workers and our children.

In order to prevent as best as possible the risk of infections within our Programmes SOS SA has requested all Programmes ensure that the following is done:

  • A questionnaire be administered to record the names, contact details and health conditions of people who access our facilities as well as whether or not they were exposed to people who are infected by Covid-19,
  • that temperature testing is done and recorded for all people who come into our Programmes,
  • that adequate and sufficient Personal Protective Equipment is used by all staff, children and visitors,
  • that sanitisers are provided and used regularly by all staff, children and visitors,
  • that staff members who left the villages for the holidays produce their Covid-19 certificates showing negative results before joining the Programmes again,
  • that children and youth are re-educated and re-orientated on Covid prevention, hygiene measures, education, on a constant basis,
  • Ensure that each Programme has quarantine or self-isolation facilities for people who develop symptoms.

Current efforts are showing the strength and ability of the community to mobilize themselves around a common problem when there is a will. We encourage all our stakeholders to help us in keeping our staff, children and South Africa safe.

SOS Children’s Villages remain hopeful, as the government will soon embark on a mass vaccination drive for its citizens.

 

A reminder of the important Covid-19 contact resources:

National Department of Health: http://www.health.gov.za/

National Institute for Communicable Diseases: https://www.nicd.ac.za/

COVID-19 Hotline Number: 0800 029 999

COVID-19 WhatsApp Number: 0600 123 456

COVID-19 online resources and news portal: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

COVID-19 free website: https://coronavirus.datafree.co.za 

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