COVID-19: Concerns over KZN's informal settlements

KwaZulu-Natal authorities are concerned about densely populated informal settlements, which are most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. The province has more than 720 informal settlements. Now, it's launched a massive sanitisation programme in Mandeni. eNCA’s Siphamandla Goge reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - KwaZulu-Natal authorities are concerned about densely populated informal settlements, which are most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

The province has more than seven-hundred-and-twenty informal settlements.

Now, it's launched a massive sanitisation programme in Mandeni.

More people have died in KZN than any other province.

READ: KZN COVID-19 patients to be quarantined

Another headache is densely populated informal settlements.

Mandeni residents say more campaigns are needed to educate people about the symptoms and spread of COVID-19 in informal settlements and rural areas.

“We have not seen [it] or know of symptoms. No health official has visited us here at home before. This is the first time with the lady that was here today. She asked us basic information about our names, ages and dates of birth. We told her all the basic information but nothing specific about the coronavirus,” said Mandeni resident, Abusolom Dube.

He says locals in the area would appreciate some protective gear.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala says they're focusing on informal settlements because these are high-risk areas.

“We have embarked on a massive sanitization programme which aims to cover especially our informal settlements, the transit camps as well as hostels. We would want to see all the areas being sanitized, so that our people live in a much improved and secured environment,” Zikalala.

Many informal settlements are without clean running water and proper sanitation.

This is crucial for hygiene purposes and to fight the spread of COVID-19 successfully.

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Source
eNCA

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