A laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 is a class 1 notifiable medical condition (NMC) in South Africa.
Who must notify and when?
Every doctor or nurse (health care provider) in both the public and private health sector who diagnoses a patient with COVID-19 must immediately report the case. Failure to report a NMC is a criminal offense.
Confirmed case: A person with laboratory confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection (using an RT-PCR assay), irrespective of clinical signs and symptoms.
How to notify?
1. Electronic notification via the NMC APP - this is the preferred method
Download the NMC web APP from the NICD website (NMC page) to register (This should be done on a desktop computer and you will need to be validated by the NICD before you can use the app ... this takes about 24 hours)
Once registered you can use the NMC mobile app via your cell phone app store (ANDROID only for now).
Capture the NMC case details( New Case tab).
Upon completion of data capture, save the data and the notification will automatically be sent to all relevant focal people at Health Establishment, Sub-District, District, Province & National.
2. Paper based notification
Complete the NMC Case Notification Form (Click here)
Email the NMC Case Notification Form to email@example.com and send a copy to your provincial communicable disease co-ordinator.
You can also whatsapp to 072 621 3805 or fax to 086 639 1638
Eastern Cape - firstname.lastname@example.org
Free State - email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gauteng - Chika.Asomugha@gauteng.gov.za / Caroline.email@example.com
KwaZulu-Natal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Limpopo - Marlene.Ngobeni@dhsd.limpopo.gov.za
Mpumalanga: MandlaZw@mpuhealth.gov.za / email@example.com
North West: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Cape: email@example.com
Western Cape: Charlene.firstname.lastname@example.org
For further assistance call the NMC hotline 072 621 3805 or email email@example.com
Outcome of patient should be updated if status changes following notification. This includes whether the patient has been admitted to hospital or has died:
Hospitalization: exit date from high care/ICU
Oxygen requirement during hospitalization: end dates when the patient did not require ventilation
Hospital outcome: Discharged date or date of death in the event of death
Outpatient Outcome: Status of the patients who is cared for at home after 14 days of symptoms onset/test date
If you want to have full access to the COVID-19 Information on the EMGuidance app, click here
Answers extracted from: Covid-19 Quick Reference for Health Care Workers (25 May 2020), NMC COVID DOCUMENTS (accessed 6 May 2020) and from personal communication with Waasifa Isaacs (Provincial NMC Co-ordinator: Western Cape Province)