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SA Canegrowers responds to COVID-19 outbreak

SA Canegrowers responds to COVID-19 outbreak

BY: Colleen Dardagan 17 Mar 2020 Filed in: Canegrowers News

In a statement today, SA Canegrowers executive, Dr Kathy Hurly urged members of the association to access the information which could be used by growers and staff members to further educate farm workers and their families about the virus and how to prevent infection.

"Members can click on "COVID-19 BUSA documents. These include COVID-19 FAQs, Stigma COVID-19 World Health Organisation (WHO), Travel Advice, a poster explaining preventative measures, infographics and how to stay healthy while travelling as well as food safety during the outbreak," Dr Hurly said.

She also urged all members to stay calm and to extend a helping hand to those in the community who were elderly and needed assistance with tasks such as grocery shopping.

"What we know is that the virus affects the elderly and those who have a compromised immune system more than those who are young and in good health. For this reason we are calling on our communities to help their neighbours and support those who feel they should stay home and away from crowded shops or malls. We are also advising all our members to be aware of good hygiene through regular hand washing and keeping a distance from anyone who might be coughing or sneezing. As an organisation we fully support President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement on Sunday night and we are committed to making sure that we keep new infections to an absolute minimum. The other important point is for people to stay calm and not to panic," she said.