FUNERALS have been identified as a major risk in spreading the coronavirus, especially in rural areas.

This is one of the reasons why Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has partnered with traditional leaders as they are well-placed to remind communities of the Covid-19 rules and regulations.

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Ramathuba, joined by Vhembe District executive mayor Dowelani Nenguda and Makhado mayor Samuel Munyai, visited the Muila Traditional Council at Muila village outside Thohoyandou on Tuesday.

She said the number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to rise in the province.

She said villagers needed to be reminded of the level 3 rules regarding funerals and public gatherings.

“Communities are having problems understanding why their loved ones who died due to Covid-19 have to be buried in a way that makes us look as if we are a non-caring society,” Ramathuba said.

She said they must provide psychological support to the community and the traditional councils were the right people to access the communities.

Ramathuba and her delegation went to the Levubu Clinic to investigate their problems with water and power supply.

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“Our healthcare workers must focus their energies on trying to save lives without being worried about lack of water and electricity.

“Along with the two mayors we won’t leave the clinic without permanent solutions,” she promised.

“Our healthcare workers remains our pillar of strength in our healthcare system. We continue to salute all of them for their courage and commitment. Having good relations with our traditional leaders will help us flatten the curve.”