By Thys Khiba
Klerksdorp – The North West MEC for Health Madoda Sambatha has announced, during his interview with SAfm Stephen Grootes, that they are ready for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, which it is expected to start on Monday.
“Yes, we are ready for Monday as North West and we have made created hype for demand to be available for people to move out and go and access their vaccination sites,” said Sambatha.
According to the Health MEC Sambatha, their target is to vaccinate 4 806 people per day with 120 vaccinators. This will be achieved through 16 local municipalities. Sambatha has also made an example of Kgetleng Rivier Local Municipality as the municipality with 7 013 population and expected to vaccinate 92 per day with 2 vaccinators.
“In the population of 60 and above, the total for North West is 367 553, which means if we deal with them as per the schedule we need to create a demand per day of 4 806 and you would need 120 vaccinators,” said Sambatha.
Sambatha said that as the North West province, they have three programs, namely Assistance registration at home, Assistance registration at facilities and campaign where they move around helping people to register indoor to indoor programs.
Sambatha said that this is to achieve the North West 67% population immunity which is 2.7 million going into phase 3. He also indicated that they will be working together with the department of social development (SASSA) to get information about elderly people.
Traditional leaders are of the partners which will be working with the North West department of health to register people of who are under their leadership.
Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the province is 70 043 with 64 398 recoveries. This has translated into 91,9% recover with 1 758 deaths.
The departmental spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane has confirmed that the province now has 3 887 active cases, of which 261 cases were identified in the last 24 hours. The North West province has managed to administer 23 061 for now.
“The department has decided to focus the rest of next week on mop up of the remain phase 1 work particularly to complete the vaccination of remaining health care workers. Readiness is in receiving the vaccines and their storage and distribution to vaccination sites across the Province. It includes ensuring that there is security to ensure their safety, fridges with adequate spacing and recommended temperatures,” said Lekgethwane.
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