LEPHALALE — The 29-year-old Dr PK Leboho, Head of Institution at Ellisras District Hospital, says it is mainly due to the Local Command Council led by the Mayor of Lephalale, Cllr Jack Maeko, that the numbers of positive cases in Lephalale are low compared to the rest of the country (Thabazimbi in particular).
Dr Leboho said he expects that there will be admissions of COVID-19 patients in Ellisras District Hospital soon, therefore, they are preparing a special ward with 30 beds where only COVID-19 patients will be admitted.
“The current positive cases are projected to increase towards the peak. Some experts argue that the worst is yet to come. The possibility of having to admit and treat a positive COVID-19 case is therefore inevitable.
The Department of Health in Limpopo advertised for nurses and doctors to assist in Limpopo hospitals for the next six months. Currently, every person or patient should be treated as COVID-19 positive until proven otherwise. Travelling to hot spot areas is highly discouraged,” he said.
Last week it was reported that 38 military soldiers from Cape Town currently based at the former Air Force Base in Lephalale tested positive for COVID-19 in Lephalale. They were placed in quarantine.
The soldiers were deployed to Lephalale to ensure that the people in the province comply with the lockdown regulations.
According to information received, they will assist at the border posts. At the time of going to print the soldiers who tested negative were still based at the former Air Force Base.
Dr Leboho said the current testing station at the entrance of the hospital grounds will be transformed into a gateway clinic to assist people in the nearby area after the COVID-19 area.
At the time of going to print there were 80 active cases in Lephalale with 43 recoveries. Zero deaths were reported.