Home South Africa News Four residents at Durban old-age home test positive for coronavirus

Four residents at Durban old-age home test positive for coronavirus

Bill Buchanan Association For The Aged

Four residents at a Durban home for the aged have now tested positive for the coronavirus – three are in quarantine at the home and one is on a ventilator at St Augustine’s Hospital.

Two women from Bill Buchanan Association For The Aged in Morningside tested positive last week for the virus, and two more cases were confirmed on Monday.

“Two other residents are also in quarantine awaiting their results, and 16 staff who came into contact with the residents are at home in self-isolation,” said Dudley Fortune, the home’s chief executive.

Reacting to the news, Naren Pattundeen, interim chief executive officer of the Aryan Benevolent Home, said: “We must learn from this. We have to change the way we conduct ourselves now. We must hit the reset button and as custodians implement the type of care our residents need.”

The Association For The Aged (Tafta) chief executive Femada Shamam was saddened at news of the confirmed cases at Bill Buchanan, but said Tafta had plans in case residents contracted the virus in one of their homes.

“Those elders presenting with the illness will be placed in self-isolation in units identified for this purpose if self-isolation in their rooms is not possible. In the case of infection, we will immediately isolate the affected individual and contact the NICD and follow the set protocols,” she said.

Ashok Rambharos, manager at Clayton Garden Home for The Aged, said education was an integral part of limiting risk of exposure to residents, and they were reducing people’s contact with residents as far as possible.

In other news – Boity Thulo fired for going shopping during Lockdown

Actress, TV Entrepreneur and rapper Boity Thulo‘s army had to come to her defense after she got dragged for going grocery shopping this past weekend during the national lockdown implemented to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Boity Thulo

Boity decided to share a bit about her shopping experience on Twitter to help show people how different shopping is under the lockdown. continue reading

Source: Daily News