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As covid-19 cases continue to rise, rural areas are not spared as some of them record cases even at healthcare facilities.
Earlier this year Mpumalanga department of health confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mmametlhake Hospital where two healthcare workers tested positive.
Mmametlhake residents have a raised a concern about the manner in which the infection is growing in their area and little to no precaution is not taken serious by people responsible.
It is said that several cases have been confirmed in a construction that is currently taking place at Mmametlhake Hospital which pushed residents to stand up saying they feel they are more at risk considering that some of said positive patients are unknown to some of them and they might get infected too because they rent rooms to some of them.
Gathering at the tribal office on Thursday, residents demanded that the construction be shut down as one of the employees of the said construction died of Covid-19 while two others are still recovering.
A member from the community Marumo Ntloane called for maximum precautionary health protocols to be thoroughly followed.
While on the other hand the company’s Health and Safety Officer Raymond Moalosi said all 14 workers who worked under the deceased sub constructor were sent for screening and testing and they are also under quarantine. The construction employs 350 people.
It is said that Mmametlhake already nine (9) confirmed cases.
Community also called for the hospital and construction site to be decontaminated.