Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Bloemfontein: On the occasion of the International Day of the Midwives, the Department of Health would like to appreciate the contribution of midwives as the main caregivers for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period.

The role of midwives expands beyond providing care but also in advocating and defending the rights of women.

This entire month, which started on 01 May with the International Workers Day, the Free State Department of Health express their solidarity with the many scores of health workers who are in the frontline of the fight against this global pandemic Covid19.

The Department’s efforts are geared towards ensuring that they are well protected through the availability of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, appropriate machinery, medical equipment, medical consumables, appropriate infrastructure and supportive environments for them to take care of the patients that they are expected to serve,” said the MEC of Health in the Free State; Montseng Tsiu.

As a Nurse by profession, Tsiu has recognized the sacrifices of nurses, midwives, technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, porters, security, kitchen staff, doctors, community health workers, drivers, cleaners, administrators and many others who work, day and night to keep everyone safe.

“Under difficult circumstances our health workers work around the clock, putting their lives at risk, to fight the ravages of many known infectious illnesses including the lesser known but devastating Covid-19 pandemic. The midwives are at the coal face of this lesser known virus.” added Tsiu.

“We are doing well in the province to contain what was meant to be a Covid-19 catastrophe. We are yielding good results and thanks to the contributions of all health workers and everyone in our society. We are managing to flatten the curve through an activist approach to this virus.” concluded MEC.

The Free State statistics are now at 126 Covid-19 positive people which are broken down as follows:

  • Mangaung, Bloemfontein = 112;
  • Lejweleputswa, Boshoff = 2;
  • Fezile Dabi, Kroonstad = 3;
  • Thabo Mofutsanyana, Harrismith = 4
    Ladybrand = 3
    Senekal = 1; and
  • Xhariep, Petrusburg = 1.

The number of recoveries are standing at 96 of the 126 positive cases counted from inception and with 6 deaths.

The Mass screening and door to door screening service which is spread in all 5 districts of the province has surpassed the 600 000 target as it now stand at 794 049 with 9152 tested.