Covid-19 positive healthcare workers a concern

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Free State Department of Health spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi. PHOTO: Kekelesto Mosebetsi

A number of healthcare workers in the Free State have recently tested positive for Covid-19, which led to the closing of several Directorates of the Provincial Health Headquarters from last week and over the past two days.

Spokesperson for the Free State Department of Health, Mondli Mvambi, said the most recent information indicates that a large number of officials tested positive so far from last week. Mvambi also confirmed that no cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the Free State thus far.

“The wave seemed to have impacted several clinics and the district office too. At the Gabriel Dichabe Clinic in Bloemfontein more than half of the personnel (18 health workers) tested positive. At the MUCPP Clinic in Phelindaba a total of 22 health workers tested positive.

“The Heidedal Poly Clinic has 5 cases, the Batho Clinic 3, the District Office at the Free State Psychiatric Complex 12, and the Medical Depot 2 (this facility is not closed but is on high alert). At the Local Area Office, situated at the National Hospital near the Gateway Clinic, more than half of the personnel (15 health workers) tested positive,” said Mvambi.

These facilities are now due for decontamination and those who are listed as positive, as well as their close contacts, are in isolation.

Compiled by Sazly Hartzenberg

sazly@mahareng.co.za