As part of mitigating risks measures to curb the spread of third wave of Covid-19, the Free State led government has embarked on public health monitoring project to oversee State of hospitals and clinics.
On Tuesday, 25 May 2021, Free State Premier Sefora Sisi Ntombela joined by Health MEC Montseng Tsiu and Acting Head of Department, Godfrey Mahlatsi officially handed over a mass vaccination site at Universitas Academic hospital in Bloemfontein.
According to MEC Montseng Tsiu, most encouraging was the high turnout by those we aim to vaccinate, which is currently citizens aged 60 years and above.
Premier Ntombela said: “The second phase of the vaccine roll out is currently underway and this, at a time when the Free State province is battling the third wave of Coronavirus. The latest statistics paint a worrying picture. There are 331 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, bringing a total number of confirmed cases in the Free State province to 97 908.”
She further added, “sadly, four thousand, two hundred and twenty five (4225) people have lost their lives to the virus. We are however encouraged by the 89% recovery rate, although we aim to bring the number of infections significantly down.”
Office of the Premier said, the continuous spike in reported new cases is a grave concern for government, and it please with communities to continue to exercise caution. “We are losing people at an alarming rate and unless we change our ways, we are going to lose more lives to this killer virus,” stressed Ntombela.
“Ke a kopa hle, let us protect ourselves. Let us avoid crowded places, continue to wash hands and sanitize and put on our face masks,” appealed Ntombela.
In closing her address, the Premier addressed attendees at the Hospital, by wishing them a happy African Day. She said the unity of Africans is paramount and only through unity all people will be able to solve many challenges that continue to affect Africans.