Department of Health Launches COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units Across SA
South Africa is doubling-down on our response to the COVID-19 virus. The Department of Health has launched mobile testing and sampling units to embark on a national coronavirus testing drive.
This launch follows President Ramaphosa’s national address where he mentioned that the government will be rolling out a massive coronavirus screening, testing and tracing programme.
“In light of the increasing incidence of Covid-19 local transmissions, it has become necessary to scale up the capacity of testing citizens across the country,” said Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health.
“To this end, the National Health Laboratory Service has procured 60 mobile sampling and testing units to be deployed nationwide to all districts and metropolitan municipalities.”
“We are now entering a new phase in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 10,000 field workers will be visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen residents for Covid-19 symptoms,” President Ramaphosa said.
“People with symptoms will be referred to local clinics or mobile clinics for testing. People who are infected with Coronavirus, but who have no or moderate symptoms will remain in isolation at home or at a facility provided by government and those with severe symptoms will be transferred to hospitals,” the President said.
“Using mobile technology, an extensive tracing system will be rapidly deployed to trace those who have been in contact with confirmed Coronavirus cases and to monitor the geographical location of new cases in real-time,” the President said.