THE coronavirus pandemic continues to claim lives in Chatsworth- the country’s largest Indian township.
The statistics include the death of a couple- a female teacher died soon after her husband – and also many other proactive residents- among them, doctors, businessmen and women, pastors and educationist-turned-environmentalist campaigner, HB Singh.
These men and women lost their lives amid the worst socio economic impact in 50 years. The latest COVID-19 victim was Suraya Naidoo of Apollo Secondary.
The school held a memorial service last Thursday to pay homage to the dedicated and seasoned teacher. The South African flag was hoisted and pupils sang the national anthem in honour of Naidoo.
Paying tribute to Naidoo, who was on ventilation in hospital after testing positive for the virus, principal of the school, Selvan Moodley expressed his shock and sadness over her untimely death.
Naidoo, 57, had been fighting for her life since she and her husband tested positive for the virus. She was cremated on Wednesday.
Moodley said, “Mrs Suraya Naidoo joined the staff of Apollo Secondary School in 1990 and spent almost 31 years teaching at the school until her untimely death. She taught geography and tourism to grade 10 to 12 pupils.”
He shared that it is difficult to quantify the loss that is felt at Apollo Secondary.
“Suraya was an icon, who inspired everyone around her. She has touched the lives of generations of pupils and staff members alike. She contributed immensely towards shaping the rich heritage that Apollo is renowned for. Her dedication, passion, loyalty and consummate professionalism are some of the qualities that defined her. While we grieve the loss of our beloved teacher and colleague, we must also celebrate the life of this remarkable individual,” said Moodley.
“From our despair, we should take comfort knowing that Apollo was blessed to have this awesome lady at this institution for 31 years. Of the thousands of schools that Suraya could have been placed at, through divine intervention, we had the privilege of sharing her life with us. For that, we are eternally blessed. Rest in peace, our dear sister.”
Many residents, at the same time, are defiantly challenging this deadly disease with impunity and bravado by refusing to wear masks, not sanitizing their hands and not adhering to the call for social distancing as health minister, Dr Zweli Lawrence Mkhize warned of a second wave of coronavirus cases during a visit to ‘infection-high’ KwaZulu Natal, last week.
Experts from RK Khan Hospital continue to warn that a cure for the latest outbreak of a global virus is some months away and people have to abide by social distancing and personal protective equipment protocols.
(SOURCE: Chatsworth Rising Sun)