Victims of the NCD epidemic lose out in the war on Covid-19

News

Victims of the NCD epidemic lose out in the war on Covid-19

Alliance steps up for people with non-communicable diseases who say the playing field is not level

Journalist

Since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in SA Cynthia Nyembezi* has been living in fear.

Having been diagnosed with high blood pressure 15 years ago and with diabetes seven years later, the Soweto grandmother is one the people who are at higher risk of severe complications of Covid-19.

Even though she has remained vigilant, she feels that she is still at risk of contracting the virus when she goes to her local clinic to collect her monthly supply of medication. “When I visit the clinic there are often so many of us that it’s impossible to keep social distancing that the government has been urging everybody to adhere to.”..

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.