Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency(ANA).
Picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/African News Agency(ANA).

Witkoppen Clinic ready to deal with Covid-19

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 19, 2020

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Fourways-based Witkoppen Clinic, in collaboration with the National Department of Health (DoH) and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), is geared up to handle the impact of Covid-19. 

The non-profit organisation services almost 10000 patients every month, with mobile clinics providing primary healthcare to many communities, including Diepsloot, Msawawa and surrounding areas.

Emma Sim, Covid-19 unit lead at the clinic said all systems were in place to tackle the virus.

“Following guidelines set out by the DoH and NICD, everyone who comes into the clinic is screened for the Covid-19, including patients and staff. If the screening is positive, the patient will remain in a designated separate area of the clinic to prevent spreading of the virus.
"We have systems in place to contact the NCID, who will take it from there,"  she said.

Sims also said the department of health and the NICD have prepared a case definition to guide the screening process and help clinics identify potential infections.

“Covid-19 testing will only be performed on patients who meet certain criteria, or exhibit specific symptoms. Community clinics, including Witkoppen Clinic, are strictly adhering to these guidelines," said Sim.

Patients will only be tested for Covid-19 if they screen positive for the following criteria:

Show common signs of infection, including a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or fever.

Been in close contact with someone who has been infected or is suspected of having Covid-19.

Worked in or attended a healthcare facility where patients are being treated for the infection.

Has been admitted with severe pneumonia of an unknown cause.

The patient has travelled to areas with ongoing Covid-19 infections.

“If you think that you are at risk based on the criteria, visit our clinic for assistance immediately,” urged Sim. “You can also call the DoH Coronavirus outbreak hotline number, and they will come out to you to perform necessary screening.”

Based at 105 William Nicol Drive, Witkoppen Clinic is open from 7.30am to 4pm every weekday. See their website at www.witkoppen.org.

Important numbers:

Coronavirus outbreak hotline: 0800029999

Witkoppen Clinic: 0117052438

Lancet Laboratory: 0116808237 (private testing only) Ciaran Maidwel for Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre.

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