Faizel Patel - 25/03/2020
Disaster relief group Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says the aid organization is providing multiple services to government in order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
The next three weeks will show the heart and spirit of South Africans as we enter the 21-day lockdown period imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night.
Sooliman says the organization is supplying medical professionals with protective wear and equipment, and providing medical consumables to institutions in urgent need.
“Our primary focus, the public needs to understand that is making sure the medical personnel are look after and that the equipment required by those medical personnel in the serious cases of the patients, we have that equipment to support them when the serious patients come.”
Dr Sooliman says the 21-day lockdown may affect poorer communities.
“When there’s a lockdown, the poorer communities are going to require food if they don’t access or means to buy their food. But that’s a bit of a complicate situation because part of the lockdown is to avoid social contact. If you start delivering food and masses of crowds come for it, it defeats the whole purpose of having a lockdown.”
He says Gift of the Givers has set up Coronavirus testing facilities in some parts of Johannesburg aimed at easing the pressure on government hospitals.
Sooliman says the tests cost R750.
Listen to the interview with Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman