COVID-19 under control in Kgatleng - Molokwe

COVID-19 vaccine PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
COVID-19 vaccine PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Kgatleng District Council (KDC) chairperson, Daniel Molokwe says COVID-19 is under control in the Kgatleng District and confirmed positive cases have remained consistently low over the last few months. During a full council meeting on Monday, the chairperson said as of March 13, they had a total of 14,153 cumulative cases in the district, of which 216 have unfortunately died.

“Even though we are currently reporting low cases of COVID-19, the District Health Management Team (DHMT) remains vigilant and on the lookout for any outbreaks. Let me take this opportunity to encourage us all to continue taking care of ourselves, observe COVID-19 protocols and get tested at the nearest facility if we develop COVID-19 symptoms,” Molokwe said. On the issue of vaccination, Molokwe indicated that the campaign is ongoing in the district, and thee DHMT is currently vaccinating people aged 12 years and older. He said the district's target is 8,209, and by March 11 at least 66,914 people had received their first doses, which is 82% of the target.

Furthermore, he said 59,114 people are fully vaccinated, translating to 72% of the target population. “I wish to highlight, with concern, that the turn up for vaccines by those in the age category 18 to 29 years has been low, and I request that we all encourage the youth to get vaccinated,” he said. He, however, said the school vaccination drive is going well with the DHMT vaccinating eligible children aged 12 to 17 years at all schools in the district. He said 9,249 children out of a target of 13,000 have received their first doses, which is 71% of the target. In addition, the majority of eligible children who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine are those who are not attending formal school, he said.

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