Following his Coronavirus test, Somizi shares concerns regarding accessibility of the tests

Written by on 17th Mar 2020

Somizi posted a video on the socials talking about getting tested for the Coronavirus and had some concerns about the quality of our public health.

Just 6 days ago, the World Health Organisation declared the Corona Virus / Covid-19 a pandemic.

A few well-known personalities have tested positive for the virus including Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and his wife, to name a few.

Somizi posted a video on Instagram earlier today, speaking about his concerns regarding the accessibility and affordability of the Covid-19 tests. This, after having just taken a test at a private hospital.

“When I asked how much the test cost, they said they charge from R1400 to R1500. Why is it expensive to test for something that is a pandemic and national crisis?,” he asks.

The media personality also speaks on the difficulty for lower-income persons to access clinics and public hospitals, and in some instances, needing to take public transport to reach help.

Watch the video below.

 

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A few hours after posting the above video, Somizi posted another video on his Instagram feed saying he is “okay, for now.”

 

 

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Somizi’s question asks about the quality and accessibility of good “health-options” for persons on different sides of the pay scale.

Following the president’s recent address, #TheBestDrive spoke about this yesterday with freelance journalist, Ayanda Tankiso, where co-host, Tshepi Mabs, touched on issues such as the difficulty of social distancing when our lower-income citizens get around using public transport.

 

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