Faizel Patel – 14/07/2020
Former Proteas Cricket Manager and current Kaizer Chiefs team doctor Dr. Mohammed Moosajee says while there has been a surge in COVID-19 infections in South Africa and over four thousand deaths, there is also a lot of people who have recovered from the virus.
Dr Moosajee was speaking to Radio Islam on Tuesday about how the Coronavirus has affected communities across the country including Lenasia and surrounds.
With Gauteng now being the epicenter of COVID-19 in South Africa and with over 100, 000 infections, there are concerns that many are not heeding government’s calls to observe the rules and regulations of the level 3 lockdown.
Dr Moosajee says despite the rapid rise in infections, people need to be positive that the virus can be beaten.
“If we put things into perspective, in the first week of March is when we encountered our first COVID case. We are now four and a half months later in South Africa, we are approaching three hundred thousand. From that, we got about just over four thousand unfortunate deaths. The good news though is that we got a total of almost half one hundred and thirty eight thousand active recoveries. So it’s never all doom and gloom.”
Dr Moosajee says the increase in COVID-19 infections has been stark and at his practice he shares with his brother Ibrahim, they have consulted over three hundred cases.
“One of the biggest problems in Lenasia is unfortunately we live in multi-generational households where we have the elderly living with us, where we look after them and they are also the most vulnerable. If you look at specifically the Eid gathering that, we had and I have no doubt and this is probably anecdotal, but that triggered off a huge number of cases in our community. Because two weeks after the Eid weekend, the number of cases were just tremendous.”
Dr Moosajee says while the social impact of COVID-19 has been devastating from mental health to hunger, providing for your family job losses and gender-based violence, the community needs to rally together to beat the pandemic.
Listen to the interview with Dr Mohammed Moosajee