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A Different Kind Of Eid For COVID-19 Patient 7

For Mohammed Imroz, this Eid will be one he wishes he could erase from his memory. COVID-19 has literally uprooted his life and left him in a place which would have broken most people.
24 May 2020 11:55
A Different Kind Of Eid For COVID-19 Patient 7
Mohammed Imroz with his COVID-19 clearance letter from the Ministry of Health at his Nabua home on May 22, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar

For Mohammed Imroz, this Eid will be one he wishes he could erase from his memory. COVID-19 has literally uprooted his life and left him in a place which would have broken most people.

This year was going to be special, he was planning to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan by celebrating Eid in Labasa.

Mr Imroz was patient seven, his wife is Afrana Arzu, patient six, and their daughter, Fadilah Bi, is patient 11. His father is patient nine and his mother, patient 14.

He has recovered. So have his parents, but his wife and daughter remain at the isolation unit in Navua. His biggest battle right now is facing the stigma.

“Anywhere I go, people who know me, give me different looks. I have recovered from COVID-19, but people react as if they would catch something from me,” he said.

“I want to get back to work but will people come to me when I am there? I am a hairdresser.”

Life has not been easy after his release from the isolation unit. He found his home broken into and money taken and now with the biggest festival in the Muslim calendar, he would be spending it alone.

He would be paying a visit to Navua Hospital, but will not be allowed to make contact or see his wife and child.

He has been told by his employers that he still has a job but needs him to return after June, when they hope the stigma has died down.

Mr Imroz has some money saved up and a few customers have helped him, as well. He is very grateful for the support he has received.

But he is wondering what the future holds for him. Eid is celebrated by Musilms around the world. It is a time for family, unity and peace.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

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