The Department of Social Development in Limpopo is concerned about the number of new recorded cases of COVID-19 infections at two private old age homes in the Waterberg District. Three elderly persons recently died of COVID-19 complications at Die Oog old age home in Mookgophong and 20 others have tested positive. In Bela Bela 25 older persons in Rusoord old age home also tested positive and they are receiving medical attention.
The MEC for Social Social Development Nkakareng Rakgoale says social workers have been dispatched to the area where they have started with the provision of psychosocial support and advice to the people infected and affected by the virus. MEC Rakgoale also commended a team of health practioners from the Department of Health that have been sent to the area to conduct further testing, as well as training workers at the shelters on the adherence to health protocols to curb the further spread of the virus.
“We are working jointly with our counterparts from the Department of Health to ensure that the care givers at these facilities are trained on how to manage the spread of the virus and also to stop further spreading of the virus. We have started off well with the vaccination of elderly people at the government run Sekutupu Old Age Home. We are also encouraging management of private old age homes that we are funding, to immediately assist the users of their facilities to register and get vaccinated. We also take this opportunity to encourage people who are sixty years of age and above to register to get the jab from public health facilities that have been identified as vaccination sides. We urge our people not to be complacent and continue to always put their masks on, sanitize regularly and keep social distancing” said MEC Rakgoale.