The National Public Hygiene Strategy and implementation Plan set out a comprehensive approach to the delivery of public hygiene measures for public infections containment and mitigation of the COVID-19 epidemic and beyond. The strategy outlines public hygiene mitigation interventions necessary to delay, reduce and curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, and outlines roles and responsibilities of various sectors.
Three (3) key public hygiene measures are emphasized for COVID-19 community infection prevention i.e. public education and awareness, community-based measures and personal protective measures. The strategy further provides guidelines for implementation of the outlined measures.
As the outbreak continues to evolve, it is vital to enhance community infection prevention plans to curb the spread of the virus to new areas. A key approach to this response is improved public hygiene methodologies, which are fundamental to COVID-19 mitigation. Public hygiene interventions should focus on personal protection aptitude, community hygiene practices and public education and awareness.