[COVID-19] Tracing people in informal settlements will be a challenge
South Africa is looking at implementing mass tracing for people who have tested positive for Covid-19, this is according to Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism.
The country is on day 4 of the 21-day lockdown, which is meant to curb the spread of the virus that has now infected more than 1,200 people.
Speaking to Nickolaus Bauer, journalist Joan van Dyk says countries such South Korea managed to trace almost 900 cases in a day.
In South Africa, we are trying to do the mass tracing. For example in the Free State, they did a huge tracing effort to trace everyone who had been at that church conference at Divine Restoration Ministry’s and their tracing efforts were so successful. They managed to trace more than a thousand people within 12 hours and they found about 50 more positive cases in that province.Joan van Dyk, Journalist - Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
Van Dyk says informal settlements are a challenge because they are highly populated.
The community health workers will be playing a huge role in tracing people in informal settlements.Joan van Dyk, Journalist - Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
It is an emotional job to be a tracer. In Gauteng, I know we are scaling up from the 200 TB and HIV tracers that we already have to about a thousand.Joan van Dyk, Journalist - Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism
Listen to the full interview below...
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