DCC involves funeral undertakers in fighting Covid-19

The Capricorn District Command Council is making significant strides in fighting Covid-19 through the involvement of funeral undertakers and traditional authorities.

This comes after DCC received a report on a successful meeting that CDM held with undertakers on Monday 25 January 2021 in which they shared challenges and interventions regarding the handling of corpses from hospitals as a result of death on arrival where there are no test results to establish whether the patient died from Covid-19 complications or not. The DCC resolved that the handling of all deaths will be treated as suspected covid-19 cases until the cause of death is established as this will help protect families and undertakers from contracting the coronavirus from the deceased. This means that all deaths on arrival of patients in hospitals are treated as a covid-19 death until the cause of death is established.

The DCC also resolved to hold a compliance monitoring workshop for traditional leaders (councillors, chiefs, headmen or headwomen) in order to enforce the regulations, particularly the 50-mourners limit. The DCC has also resolved that burial processions in the same cemetery by more than one family be separated by different time slots to comply with the 50-mourners limit in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Further, in a continuous effort to combat the spread in taxi ranks, the DCC has also resolved to hand over sanitizers and sprays to all taxi ranks in Lepelle-Nkumpi, Blouberg, Molemole and Polokwane for deep cleansing and disinfection of surfaces. Details of this campaign drive will be finalised soon.

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