COVID-19 Update 9

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to rage through the globe, with the World Health Organisation appealing for greater caution and the implementation of social distancing.In South Africa, the Western Cape remains the EPICENTER of the pandemic with the highest number of positive cases and deaths.Last week the President of our country visited the Western Cape and immediately advised for the increased availability of more beds in the ICUs at hospitals and staff (+/- 5,000), and indicated that saving lives is more important than funding.Despite government efforts and health advice from various world-renowned experts, we as citizens tend to ignore the enormous burden that COVID-19 has placed on each and every human being, affecting our own and others’ health. It also brings with it significant ECONOMIC and PSYCHOSOCIAL CHALLENGES, and is reshaping and redefining human behaviour and actions.We have to become more mindful of our actions and behaviours. The power to defeat this devastating virus is in our hands.Follow the Golden Rules to reduce the spread of this virus. MAINTAIN PHYSICAL DISTANCE IN PUBLIC. THIS IS THE NEW NORMWEAR YOUR MASK PROPERLYMAINTAIN GOOD HAND HYGIENEDISINFECT WORK SURFACES REGULARLY AT WORK AND AT HOME PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLESTAY VIGILANTSAVE LIVES Dr Nisaar Korowlay Issued: 12 June...

COVID-19 Update 8

The Western Cape continues to be the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of positive cases and deaths recorded. Over the past few weeks I have provided advice on measures and guidelines to prevent the spreading of this deadly COVID-19 virus.We are deeply concerned that some people still believe that this virus does not exist or that nothing will happen to them. The easing of the lockdown does not mean the virus does not exist. The lockdown regulations were eased to mitigate the economic hardships that many are currently experiencing.I decided, in this update, to narrate true events that happened this week concerning an elderly lady who recently succumbed to this virus.Since the lockdown started 10 weeks ago, she did not set foot outside her home.A son who lived with her was asymptomatic. He only went to the shops three times in the 10-week period and contracted the virus, and sadly passed it on to his mother who eventually succumbed to it this week.This virus is real. It can be contracted by anyone. The consequences can be dire, as in the case of the elderly lady.Theories abound about the virus, and the symptoms are mild in the majority of cases but you should do your best to protect yourself and others. If anyone saved a nation, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of humanity. Quran 5:32.Heed the advice you have been given and play your part in the spirit of Ubuntu. I am because you are. We are in this together. Let us serve, help and protect each other. Physical distancing and...

Message from JHESS President Update 6

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيمنحمده ونصلي ونسلّم على رسوله الكريم Dear MemberThis past week another two families, namely the Sonday and Parker families, suffered the loss of their dear loved ones – Marhoom Mohammed Cassiem Abdul Gafoor Sonday and Marhooma Rashieda Parker. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. We convey our deepest condolences and pray that Allah grants the deceased Jannatul Firdaus, Ameen.We also pray that Allah makes it easy on our brothers and sisters in the Raigad district of Maharashtra in India that bore the brunt of cyclone Nisarga two days ago.Virtual AGMThe Executive has scheduled our first virtual Annual General Meeting on 29 June 2020 at 8:00pm. Kindly pay your membership fee of fifty rand (R50.00) by 20 June 2020 so that you are eligible to participate in the AGM as a voting member. The Bank details are as follows: Bank: Standard Bank Account Name: Janjira Habsani Educational & Social Society Account Number: 27 032 171 3 Branch Code: 025909 Reference: Name Surname AGMOnce your payment has been received a zoom link will be emailed or sms to you. In the meantime, we urge you to download the Zoom app on your preferred device so that you can connect easily. COVID-19Over the past few weeks, Dr Nisaar Korowlay has been providing updates on health protocols and the status on the ground, particularly in Cape Town. We urge you to read his invaluable tips and guidelines.With the easing of the lockdown to Level 3 this week, more businesses have opened, and more employees are at work and using public transport. This will certainly increase the infection rate.The traditional health...