Western Cape Health department

Patients explain concerns around Covid-19 screening

At the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak Wuhan, China the pandemic Covid-19 is slowing down but in South Africa, it has started gaining momentum. Today, the health department announced that there were 150 cases of Covid-19 nationally, since the first diagnosis under two weeks ago. As the virus picks up[…]

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Mortuary backlog reduced to 48hr waiting period

Amid widespread anger and distress for grieving families, the Western Cape Department of Health has reduced the waiting period for Muslim autopsies from six days to two days. This was confirmed in a meeting with the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) held in Cape Town on Tuesday. This week’s meeting was[…]

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Priority Muslim postmortems still stands: department

The Western Cape Department of Health has assured the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) that the unwritten policy to prioritise Muslim postmortems still stands. This reassurance was given at a special high level meeting held with senior MJC members, Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo and top health officials in the department in[…]

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Backlog of 176 bodies awaiting postmortem

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) will on Monday meet with the Western Cape Health Department to table recent issues relating to the slow release of Muslim bodies currently awaiting autopsies in the province’s mortuaries.  This as the metro’s Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) has a backlog of 176 bodies awaiting postmortem.[…]

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