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COVID-19 Patients Hope To Be Accepted Into The Community

Mohammed Saheed (Patient 9) and his, wife, Tazma Bi (Patient 14), returned to their homes in Soasoa, Labasa, and are hopeful to be accepted into society.
28 Apr 2020 15:00
COVID-19 Patients Hope To Be Accepted Into The Community
Mohammed Saheed (Patient 9) and his, wife, Tazma Bi (Patient 14).

Two COVID-19 patients who tested negative have been released from the Labasa Hospital.

Mohammed Saheed (Patient 9) and his, wife, Tazma Bi (Patient 14), returned to their homes in Soasoa, Labasa, and are hopeful to be accepted into society.

Their sons, Mohammed Imran and Mohammed Rizwan, were also cleared from isolation at the Labasa College quarantine facility.

The rest of their family, Mr Rizwan’s wife (Patient 11) and nine-year-old daughter (Patient 16) remain at Labasa Hospital in isolation.

In Navua, their other brother, Mohammed Imroz (Patient 7), his wife (Patient 6) and 11-year-old child (Patient 12) are still admitted.

In an interview yesterday, Mr Imran, 35, said he was happy to be reunited with his wife and three children at Korovou in Labasa.

“In our family, three generations were COVID-19 positive including two children,” Mr Imran said.

“We were really distraught when people criticised us on social media about our family members and religion.

“We didn’t have time to justify our position.

“My father before coming to Suva had consulted a doctor at Nadi who gave him the okay to travel.

“When he arrived in Labasa on Friday (March 27) I had called the Labasa Police Station informing about my father’s arrival and requested the Labasa Hospital medical team on Sunday to pay him a visit.

“They visited father on Monday (March 30) and said he had a slight fever but otherwise he was okay.

“Then I took my family to pay him a visit,” he said.

“My parents didn’t go to Savusavu for a visit as some people claim on Facebook.

“It was on Wednesday (April 1) when my parents, my brother, sister-in-law and their son were taken into isolation.

“A few days later my whole family was in isolation at Korovou lockdown.

“However, they were tested negative.

“Now that I have reunited with my family and parents have returned home at Soasoa, Labasa with my younger brother, we still think about those in isolation,” he said.

“Both my sisters-in-law are admitted with their children.

“We are still worried about them and pray for recovery everyday.

“We kindly request people not to discriminate against us because we are Muslims.

“We want to live a normal life and work to provide food for our families.

“My father didn’t go to Savusavu. It was me and as an employee of Fiji Gas I went on normal routine work.

“Just because of rumors about my father and I, some of my employees and families in Taveuni and Savusavu have been isolated.

“Let me say it again that I have been tested negative and my fellow colleagues and families cannot be subjected to discrimination.

“I am pleading to the public to please stop spreading rumors and for the sake of humanity let us live in peace.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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