FS Health magnifies vaccination programme

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

Free State Health has continued to strengthen the vaccination programme as it seeks to reach the targeted heard immunity figure by the end of the year.

Health spokesperson in the Free State, Mondli Mvambi, told Bloemfontein Courant that Health MEC, Montseng Tsiu, will be deploying vaccinators and primary health workers at the N1 road in Bloemfontein where she will also be overseeing the set-up of emergency services.

According to Mvambi, this is to ensure that the Arrive Alive campaign is supported by the Department of Health. Screening for high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes and the promotion of healthy lifestyles will also be key at the vaccination session, especially with the Omicron variant around.

“Tsiu is doing this as the strategic location of the Free State at the heart of South Africa renders the province vulnerable to whatever is happening around it. There are five national key roads passing through the Free State, namely: N1, N3, N5, N6 and N8, while the province is surrounded by six other provinces (Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KZN, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Northwest), as well as the Kingdom of Lesotho,” Mvambi added.

According to him, the province has broken records in leading the efforts of equitable coverage of vaccinating its citizens and it is also on course to reach the targeted 70% by the end of December. He reiterated that external threats of people passing by and visiting the province need to be responded to.

Kekeletso Mosebetsi