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City clinics introduce COVID-19 mobile testing booths<p>​</p><span><p>The City of Cape Town will be rolling out testing booths for COVID-19 at 17 identified clinics across the city.  </p><p>The locations are: Albow Gardens, Langa, Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Town Two, Doctor Ivan Toms, Ikhwezi, Kuyasa CDC, Manenberg, Delft South, St. Vincent, Gugulethu, Weltevreden Valley, Masiphumelele, Seawinds, Phumlani and Tafelsig.</p><p>The booths will aid efforts to increase the number of tests of vulnerable individuals who are at risk of more severe illness. It will also protect front-line healthcare workers. The City identified the challenges relating to constraints around personal protective equipment (PPE) availability, and in addition, wanted to increase the number of patients tested for COVID-19. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>Since June, the City’s facilities have implemented the risk adjusted testing strategy being led by the Western Cape Department of Health.</p><p>While all clients are still screened for COVID-19 when visiting clients, testing is being reserved for vulnerable persons who are at high risk of complications and may need hospitalisation, should they contract the virus. This includes:</p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">All Persons older than 55 and have coronavirus symptoms</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Persons under 55 with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension etc and have coronavirus symptoms</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Health care workers presenting with coronavirus symptoms</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Persons that live in a care or old age home and have coronavirus symptoms</div></li></ul><p>The mobile testing booth is an innovative cost-effective solution to increase the capacity to test in the heart of communities in need. As local cases of transmissions of the coronavirus continue to rise in the Cape Metropole it brings with it a demand for screening and testing from communities. To ensure we maintain the safety of healthcare staff, COVID-19 testing booths are being utilised as a faster way for health workers to test patients at various health facilities, without having to come into direct contact with the person being tested.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure></span><span><p><br> <br>‘Our new testing booths will allow us to conduct tests with an added layer of safety for both the person conducting the test and the person being tested.  Importantly, it will allow us to save valuable personal protection equipment (PPE), as there is a worldwide shortage at present. The testing booths are designed for a single operator who will not need to don PPE whilst testing, although a surgical mask is still recommended.  </p><p>‘The tester will use special external glove extensions to reach out and perform nasopharyngeal swabs without any major difficulties. The external gloves are cleaned and disinfected and the next client is tested. This is but another way in which City Health is trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and comes as we also roll out our overflow facilities at some clinics to ensure social distancing and continue to provide general primary healthcare alongside our COVID-19 interventions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.<br> <br>The Masiphumelele Clinic overflow facility was launched today, bringing the number of facilities in operation to 12.</p><p>The rollout of additional overflow facilities continues, and by the end of the project, City Health will have established these at 80 of its facilities. </p><p>‘We are making great progress with this project, and there are long term benefits to be had at clinics where there was sufficient space to build prefabricated structures on site, since these will be able to stay up in the future and will allow us to increase the number of clients seen on a daily basis. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><p>‘I also call on communities to help safeguard these overflow facilities, but any community infrastructure in general. The destruction at the weekend of the overflow facility at the Desmond Tutu Hall in Khayelitsha has hurt the community who will now be deprived of this vital service. We cannot continue standing by while a few among us break down what we are trying to build. The City notes that arrests have been made in connection with this incident, and while we urge the courts to send a strong message that this type of behaviour cannot be tolerated, the damage has been done,’ added Councillor Badroodien.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-07-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#42a5cfbc-fbfc-4ba8-9ff9-65b6e2a2d27d;L0|#042a5cfbc-fbfc-4ba8-9ff9-65b6e2a2d27d|Hygiene;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d;L0|#00b858893-1ef6-46d3-9364-6c1c772e881d|Clinics;GP0|#0444969c-27e4-469c-a8d6-8a6eca5685bd;L0|#00444969c-27e4-469c-a8d6-8a6eca5685bd|testing1

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