Mass screening and testing in Heinz Park

2020-04-16 12:09
Ricardo MacKenzie.

Ricardo MacKenzie.

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As the second week of Covid-19 testing and screening continues, the Western Cape staff and volunteers are seeing around 4 000 people per day. 

On Wednesday 15 April, health volunteers and field workers visited Heinz Park to do community screening and testing. 

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, health MEC in the Western Cape says Heinz Park was not initially on the list of testing sites but in recognising that the community is vulnerable in line with their criteria, the area was added. 

She says the lists of testing and community screenings can change based on their geo-mapping and that there have been many areas calling for testing.

“We have areas that have no cases that are calling for testing, but we are looking at the vulnerable densely populated areas first instead of those who can go to a private hospital for testing,” she says.

Ricardo Mackenzie, member of provincial parliament says: “I want to thank the people of Heinz Park for their participation in this very important initiative. I also want to thank the community health care workers for their professionalism during this period. We will continue to monitor the results of the tests and encourage people to #Stayhome and #StopTheSpread,” he says. 

Testing continues in Mitchell’s Plain with Woodlands and New Woodlands being screened tomorrow (Friday 17 April).

Ward 75 councillor Joan Woodman says they will start in the streets going door to door from 08:00 to 13:00 followed by the screening and testing at the Woodlands and Northwood community halls from 09:00 to 14:00.

Screening for other areas will be communicated. 

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