In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Uthukela District Municipality is now implementing control and mitigation measures to prevent the occurrence and the spread of the virus in the district. The plan focuses on the control measures that will empower the staff of the municipality and the community at large with appropriate knowledge and skills that will assist them to protect themselves and also prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
Awareness campaigns are conducted at all government departments, local municipalities, private companies, ward committee members, supermarkets, butcheries, restaurants, hotels and other accommodation establishments including beauty salons, taxi ranks, informal food traders, funeral parlors, religious institutions, traditional leaders, traditional healers and the whole community of Uthukela District. Posters and pamphlets are also distributed during the awareness campaigns.
The key messages being disseminated answer the questions as follows;
1. What is COVID-19?
2. How does COVID-19 spread?
3. What are the symptoms of COVID 19?
4. How can I prevent being infected with COVID-19?
On Thursday 19 March 2020, the Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of confirmed cases in South Africa has increased to 150. No cases have been reported within Uthukela District so far.
We appeal to the community to take heed and implement advises and messages disseminated by the trained municipal staff in conjunction with the Department of Health in order to contain this pandemic, said District Mayor Cllr AS Mazibuko.
For more information on COVID-19, please call 0800029999 or alternatively use the WhatsApp number 0600123456. Send Hi and the information will be sent immediately to your screen. Working together we shall defeat COVID-19.