Orange Farm residents reject testing: ‘I won’t believe virus exists here until someone dies from it’

Health workers’ efforts of going door to door mobilising community members to screen and test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Orange Farm yielded nothing as only few turned up.

2020-05-28 08:00:00 AM

“I haven’t seen anyone who has it, so to me there’s absolutely nothing like coronavirus. I won’t believe this virus exists here until I see someone dying from it in front of my eyes,” says an Orange Farm resident

Health workers’ efforts of going door to door mobilising community members to screen and test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Orange Farm yielded nothing as only few turned up.

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But some residents of Orange Farm Region G refused to comply, rejecting screening and testing for the virus.Although there are no clear signs of emerging hotspots in the township, it remains important that residents undergo testing to flatten the curve of the epidemic.

However, there is no doubt that Covid-19 denialism is rife there.“I won’t believe this virus exists here until I see someone dying from it,” said one of the residents.To this day, people roam the streets of Orange Farm for no reason and stand in long queues at supermarkets without wearing masks, going against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appeal for everyone to wear a mask when going out in public.

I won’t believe this virus exists here until I see someone dying from it in front of my eyes.Orange Farm ResidentOrange Farm resident Busani Dlomo* said he was not interested in being screened or tested.“I am jobless today because of this stupid virus. We don’t even know where it came from. I haven’t seen anyone who has it, so to me there’s absolutely nothing like coronavirus. I won’t believe this virus exists here until I see someone dying from it in front of my eyes,” fumed the 34-year-old Dlomo. The government had failed them as it took jobs away from them, he said.

“Now the same government is repaying us with R350. What are we supposed to do with so little? I won’t be bribed. I don’t want it. I am confident that I’m going to repay it for the rest of my life,” he said, adding that he was making a living selling cigarettes, because they were in demand.

“This government is twisted and I won’t test,” he insisted.Another resident, Sarah Ngobeni*, boldly said that she was not interested in testing either.“I can’t stand in a long queue for food and another one for testing. I left my kids at home hungry.”

With only four people having tested willingly, and realising that people were going to the shops instead of coming to the testing session, health workers decided to take matters into their own hands and directly approach people to request them to be screened.

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A few more obliged. But it was not a good day at the office for the health workers. Read more: City Press »

After the HIV BASSON saga.....ppl just don't trust tests and vaccines. Can't blame them. Indication of huge communication gap. Can’t say I’m surprised. Then let them die. People are safe in their homes, setup screening and testing at community halls/centres and inform/encourage people to visit the centres to screen and test.

Take him to the hospitals within the hotspot zones for free. That'll make a believer out of him. Awu bakithi nanso ke inkinga madoda! Unfortunately this person is not alone. Many people are thinking the same and it's really shame to all the sacrifices made by the people in the front line trying to save lives.

So intelligent Its easy for someone to insult the other person.... Hope this person does not need to swallow his words soon. Why are u not referring to this as BARKING? MbuyiseniNdlozi Would you say the same thing about AIDS Idiot He/She must be taken to an ICU section to spend 2 to 3 days with those who are infected and struggling the most.

So, how many people are going to publish their views who are saying there is no Coronavirus because several people are still in denial?

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SA’s testing constraints due to global demand for test kits – MkhizeHe said that in the first week after the virus had reached South Africa, 35 tests were done per day; now the average was 15,000 per day. Excuses, excuses excuses there goes the hotspot idea Yet, you want to send us into level 3. Why?

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What to do if someone dies of Covid-19 in your homeIf someone dies of Covid-19 at home, you are not to touch the body at all, their clothing can only be touched by someone wearing gloves and then the garments must be disinfected with a substance containing 70% alcohol Thanks for sharing. Hectic stuff. TMayekiso And how the HELL does anyone at home know the deceased died solely by and via Sars_Cov_2 aka Covid -19 or Covid-19 at ALL? and NO A Medical Practioner should they be in attendence must NEVER assume or surmise. FACT! sthembete But I thought the virus is destroyed by soap and water, implying that it’s enough to wash the clothes.

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