SA needs to invest in its own vaccination programme: Ramaphosa
24 January 2021, 9:15 PM
African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the party’s National Executive Committee along with its alliance partners have agreed on a massive social mobilisation campaign to help roll out the coronavirus vaccine across the country.
The ANC president was delivering the closing address at the party’s Virtual NEC Lekgotla on Sunday evening.
Ramaphosa says South Africa also needs to invest in its own vaccination programme and improve preparedness for the future crisis.
“We need to build broad acceptance amongst our people of the vaccine programme and to vigorously tackle misinformation and misunderstanding. Our planning and preparedness for the future crisis must be improved, this must include investment in our own vaccine development and production capacity. And this is when we need to have African solutions for African problems.”
The North West has so far, recorded 863 deaths and more than 54 360 coronavirus infections.
“We used to conduct three to four burials a day, but now things have changed whereby we find ourselves in a very bad situation and difficult situation where we have to bury almost every day four to six numbers are increasing. so that is a challenge that are experiencing as the industry or funeral directors,” says the chairperson of the African Funeral Practitioners Association, Kabelo Maine.
North West Health authorities concerned about an increase in COVID-19 deaths:
Health authorities attribute the spike in deaths to the festive period.
“We are definitely worried about the increasing number of deaths, and what we are seeing now it confirms what we suspected that during the festive season there was this interaction of families that then transferred the virus even to those that were more vulnerable. in the first wave we tried very hard to protect the vulnerable but it’s very clear that there was a laxity that happened in the festive season,” says spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane.
Medical practitioners are advising patients to test for COVID- 19 timeously.
A Mahikeng general practitioner, Dr Tshepo Matseke, says: “One of the challenges that we are having is the fear from our local community our patients to test for COVID. It is important to remember that the sooner you test, the sooner we can treat, but the later you present the more difficult it becomes for us to help patients. I have been telling patients ever since the start of the pandemic I was telling them please forget flu, just treat everything that is coming along as COVID until you are tested negative.”
Health authorities have, once again, emphasised the importance of complying with all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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The provincial authorities say 500 health workers will be tasked with giving the shots to 75% of the provincial population, which excludes children under the age of 18. The province has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the country at 9 510. Mabuyane has urged people not to listen to negative theories about the vaccine.
“We want to dispel the myth and conspiracy about the vaccine. The pandemic we are dealing with is nothing to joke about. People must stop paddling uninformed information about the vaccine we have health authorities in this country that will ensure we receive a safe vaccine that has gone through rigorous scientific analysis.”
Eastern Cape ready to roll out COVID-19 vaccine when it arrives:
Traditional leaders in the affirmative
Traditional leaders are also fully behind the vaccination process and have vowed to spread the word with awareness campaigns in communities.
Eastern Cape Contralesa chairperson, chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, says: “Once the vaccination is certified and we are satisfied that the vaccine is indeed the right one, we will have to lead by example ourselves and get vaccinated publicly, so that the public can realise it’s the vaccination that they need to follow. And more and above we will have to tell our people and council them to make them understand because we have had vaccines before, it’s not the first time, and we sat with our people and talked to them and many lives were saved, and we will do the same thing now.”
A significant proportion of the province’s population lives more than 5km from a healthcare facility, but most communities have a school nearby. Acting Health of the Department of Health, Dr Sibongile Zungu, says they’re addressing this matter.
“We are aware that for many people living in the rural areas, access to getting the vaccine may be a problem, hence we are identifying schools that we can use as vaccine sites. We don’t want anyone to be left behind and we will make sure we use nearby facilities such as schools so that everyone gets vaccinated.”
The first phase of the rollout is aimed at healthcare workers; phase two will target essential workers, people over the age of 60, people with underlying health conditions, which increase their risk of severe COVID-19, and people in congregate settings such as prisons. The third and final stage includes all remaining adults.