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MEC visits NC health centre after Covid-related death

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The centre was temporarily closed after a patient who was admitted to the facility was later confirmed to be a Covid-19 positive case.

STAFF and emergency medical personnel at the Jan Kempdorp community health centre underwent testing for Covid-19 and the laboratory reports received so far have all come back negative.

This is according to the Northern Cape MEC for Health, Mase Manopole, who conducted an oversight visit at the facility on Wednesday. The centre was temporarily closed after a patient who was admitted to the facility was later confirmed to be a Covid-19 positive case. 

The 60-year-old patient also suffered congestive heart failure amongst other complications. She was reported to be the first confirmed Covid-19-related death in the Northern Cape.

The spokesperson for the provincial Department of Health, Lebogang Majaha, said the MEC also met with the tracer team to receive an update in terms of contact tracing in the area.

“We can confirm that 253 people, including staff and emergency medical services personnel working at the Jan Kempdorp community health centre, were subjected to testing,” said Majaha.

He indicated that most of the laboratory reports received so far had all been negative. “We are still awaiting the few outstanding reports so that we understand the full picture.

“The facility has been disinfected and is being prepared to resume  operations by May 25 at the latest.” 

Majaha stated that the health facility would remain closed to the public and visitors until then.