Ramaphosa impressed by CSIR work in fighting Covid-19

Ramaphosa impressed by CSIR work in fighting Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the work done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to track the country’s Covid-19 cases.

Cyril CSIR

Ramaphosa visited the Department of Health’s Covid-19 information center at the CSIR in Pretoria on Thursday. 


"I have been impressed to see how we are able, through the facility we have here, to look at the entire country and see how we can get data and information about infections throughout the country,” Ramaphosa said.


“But more importantly, how we can drill it down to almost provincial, district, municipality, ward, and street-level to know where the higher and the more vulnerable areas are going to be."

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Some 20 000 health workers will be given cell phones through a partnership between Vodacom, the health department and the CSIR.


"Twenty thousand health workers across the country will have this phone with an app that will enable us to get the data right to this center in real-time,” said Ramaphosa.


“As they screen our people and get all the information it will appear immediately here and through this, they will be able to direct people for testing to hospitals and places like that."


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