FS health workers to receive tablets

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Telecommunications company MTN will be handing over 30 electronic tablets to the Free State Department of Health today. This is in an effort to help healthworkers during the Covid-19 screening process.

According to provincial department spokesperson, Mondli Mvambi, data gathering has been an essential way of monitoring cases of the virus.

“A number of community health workers have been sent to screen residents in various communities in order to make informed decisions in response to the outbreak. Electronic gadgets have been helpful in this regard to ensure that data about the profile of communities, households and individuals is made available,” he said.

“This is to inform the allocation of financial, human and other health resources such as equipment to help health workers and facilities to respond appropriately to Covid19,” added Mvambi.

This comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) extended their support to Free State Health by handing over data capturing devices and deploying technical staff members last week.

Mvambi has expressed that guidance from the WHO has been helpful in effectively fighting Covid-19 in the province. “The active support of the World Health Organisation has been with the department for more than six weeks,” he said last week.

“Four support staff members have been deployed to the Free State to provide technical support in order to ensure that provincial response to the outbreak is in line with global standards set by the organization,” Mvambi explained.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za