The Limpopo Department of Health has made a plea to bereaved families to liaise with the ‘under pressure’ forensic pathology unit first before finalising funeral dates. The department says the unit is under huge pressure due to the increased number of unnatural deaths demanding autopsies to be performed in terms of the Health Act.
The department says they are currently inundated with daily calls from grieving families. They are seeking the release of the remains of their loved ones for burial purposes citing that arrangements have been finalized and the funeral date cannot be changed because of the costs involved.
MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba has appealed for cooperation and understanding from bereaved families. She emphasized the importance of coordinating with the forensic pathology services unit before confirming burial dates.
CALL FOR BEREAVED FAMILIES IN LIMPOPO TO CONSULT DUE TO OVERWHELMED FORENSIC PATHOLOGY UNIT
“The current unfortunate situation has led to occasional tensions between families and the department,” she said.
“Which we do not want at all, especially given the timing. When people are mourning, ours must be to comfort them. Unnatural deaths are in their nature too traumatic psychologically because they occur suddenly.
“Families are not prepared as compared to when someone is sick for a long time and postmortem delays unfortunately worsen the situation. We understand the emotional strain families experience during this waiting period. By working together, we can navigate these challenges more effectively,” said MEC Ramathuba.