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WC's Mbombo assesses Paarl Hospital's COVID-19 preparedness

Four patients were hospitalised at the facility and waited for the outcome of their COVID-19 test results.

FILE: Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo (right) on 6 April 2020 visited Paarl Hospital’s triage and screening centre. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo on Monday visited Paarl Hospital to assess its coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness.

Four patients were hospitalised at the facility and are awaiting the outcome of their COVID-19 test results.

Six people in the Drakenstein Municipality tested positive for the disease.

Mbombo said 17 hospitals in the province would have screening centres to separate potential COVID-19 patients from general wards.

“Instead of people utilising the same entrance and going to the same ward of outpatients, we want to prevent those kinds of conditions,” Mbombo said.

Mbombo also joined in on door-to-door screening of residents in Mbekweni.

“Mbekweni is one of the high-density areas that we have identified based on the geo-mapping of the local transmission. We will do screening and for testing, we send them to the nearest community-based centre for that,” she said.

If Mbekweni residents fit the profile of a potential case, they would be taken to the local day clinic for testing.

Mbombo said community-based COVID-19 testing would also be done in other areas of the City of Cape Town metro on Monday.

464 people in the Western Cape have confirmed coronavirus infections, of which 20 patients were in hospital. Nine of them are receiving critical care.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.