Krugersdorp Management Area has screened and tested 2 961 inmates and 296 officials, and has recorded no confirmed Covid-19 cases as yet.
As part of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) mass screening and testing campaign, DCS healthcare professionals, together with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS), facilitated the screening and testing process.
To prevent and control the spread of the coronavirus, measures at Krugersdorp include daily screening on entry to the facility, temperature testing, sanitisation of hands, wearing of masks and frequent cleaning of work stations before staff commence duties. This has become the new normal.
With assistance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), sanitization is carried out at all public access points, departmental married and single quarters, parking spaces and other common areas within the correctional facility precincts.
Through awareness sessions, inmates are continuously reminded to regularly wash their hands with soap and practise safe distancing wherever possible such as during the serving of meals. As part of personal hygiene, the department provides toiletries to offenders on a regular basis.
Krugersdorp Area Commissioner, Director Mantombi Mbebe is very pleased with the response and commitment demonstrated by officials and offenders. Mbebe thanked DCS healthcare practitioners, under the leadership of Dr Winnie Seaketso, as well as the Department of Health and NHLS for their continued support.
The Management Area also commemorated International Nurses Day, on 12 May, under the theme: “Nursing the World to Health,” and acknowledged the undying spirit of nurses who work tirelessly in DCS and who are the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.
“Together, we can win the fight against the pandemic.”