Provincial Listeriosis Training Hosted by ZFM


The National Department of Health and Emergency Operations Centre’s Incident Management Team, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, held a two-day workshop for Environmental Health Practitioners in Upington. This formed part of the ongoing support identified during the planning process by the Incident Management Team and how they responded to the outbreak of Listeriosis in not only the country but also within the Province.

It was envisaged that this capacity building process will empower Provinces and Municipalities to continue inspecting and sampling local processing facilities in the efforts to curb and control the outbreak of Listeriosis in the country as well as the prevention of future outbreaks.

On one of the training days a team of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHP’s) conducted a site visit at Upington Butchery which was identified as a local raw meat processing plant.

During the visit a total number of 15 swabs were taken by EHP’s to sample for Listeria monocytogenes. The samples were sent to an independent Laboratory for analysis. Environmental Health is proud to announce that no traces of Listeriosis were found in the samples submitted for analysis, and again we want to extend our gratitude to Upington Butchery for availing its facility to be sampled.

Listeriose Pic- Groep

The Environmental Health Unit of ZF Mgcawu District Municipality was thanked and applaud the by the National Department of Health for hosting a well-organized and fruitful training.

In recent news, the Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the deadly outbreak of Listeriosis is ultimately something of the past. After dozens of deaths, no further incidents of Listeriosis have been reported since June.

"The conclusion is therefore that the outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa is over," says Motsoaledi.

The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality's Environmental Health Practitioners will be constantly on guard for any and every outbreak that may arise.

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