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Contact tracing identifies 444 possible contacts in Kweneng

 

Eighty-one people have tested negative in the on-going contact tracing in Molepolole and surrounding areas. 

In an interview with BOPA, Kweneng District Health Management Team Coordinator, Ms Chipo Petlo said that results they had received as of Wednesday, revealed that out of 348 eligible contacts 81 people have tested negative.

She stated that in the on-going contact tracing exercise, which started on April 27, 444 people in various areas in Kweneng District were listed as possible contacts of people who had contact with people who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of the 444 listed contacts, the DHMT Coordinator explained, 96 people were children under the age of 12, who were deemed not eligible as they are considered low risk.

Further, Ms Petlo indicated that so far, in Molepolole, Kopong and Mmatsetla out of 208 listed contacts, 163 people had been identified as eligible contacts and 100 specimens had been collected for testing so far.

In Letlhakeng area, she said contact tracing had extended to areas such as Ditshegwane, Takatokwane, Thebebatshwa, Botlhapatlou and Motokwe where out of 106 eligible contacts only 35 people had been tested thus far.

In Thamaga, Kumakwane, Mmankgodi, Kubung and Lesilakgokong all 79 eligible contacts have been tested.

Ms Petlo however indicated that they had realised that contacts were highly mobile and sometimes it was hard to reach possible contacts through their mobile phones.  She said these reasons coupled with stigma and discrimination were some of the challenges they had encountered in the exercise. 

The team is expected to wrap up the exercise on May 11.  Ends

 

 

 

Source : BOPA

Author : Lindi Morwaeng

Location : Molepolole

Event : Interview

Date : May 07 Thu,2020

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