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The health department turns to technology to take control of the mortuary.

Gauteng Health Ministry will soon launch an online management system, which will help reduce the number of unclaimed or unidentified bodies in the state mortuary.

This is in response to the department’s concerns about the number of unclaimed bodies in Gauteng. It was announced yesterday that a mortuary in Gauteng province had recorded nearly 900 unclaimed bodies.

“There was a slight decline in the number of unclaimed and unidentified bodies in fiscal 2020/2021, which may be due to the COVID-19 lockdown.”

“There were 898 unclaimed and unverified entities recorded in fiscal 2020/2021, lower than 1173 recorded in fiscal year 2019/2020 and 1117 recorded in fiscal year 2018/2019.”

The department says it is relying on technology to control the problem.

Currently, the state’s Forensic Pathology service is working with the South African Police Department to track the family of the deceased. This includes the use of fingerprints for identification.

“The Gauteng Forensic Pathology Information Management System (FPSIMS) will provide a range of services, including recording, tracking and reporting of the demographic data of the deceased, and generating autopsies and toxicity reports,” the department said in a statement.

The implementation of the FPSIMS system will reduce the number of unclaimed and unverified entities in government facilities, he added.

The department said it plans to finish developing the online system by the end of this year.

According to the provisions of the National Health Act on the management of the body, the identity of the body must be verified within 30 days of death. After that, the body becomes the responsibility of the government as it handles the funeral arrangements for the poor.

Unclaimed bodies are buried in marked graves. However, when the family appears after burial, the body can be excavated.

The health department turns to technology to take control of the mortuary.

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