Lerato Sengadi opens up about being tested for coronavirus: “I’m in self-quarantine for 7 days”
Lerato Sengadi. (Photo:Getty Images/Gallo Images)
and activist Lerato Sengadi recently tried to get tested for Covid-19 and,
according to her, the experience wasn’t what she expected.
Twitter, she expressed her frustration with the experience of trying to get
tested via the
hotline supplied by the government.
African government advised people to call 0800-029-999 as soon as they believe they have symptoms.
The late rapper HHP’s widow said after
visiting Europe recently and experience flu-like symptoms, she immediately
called the number as she wanted to do the responsible thing and get checked.
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she claimed, after calling twice she realised that what has been communicated
to the public regarding seeking help from the hotline and what she experienced
where two different things.
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broke down the events of her call in a thread she shared on Twitter.
the line after starting to have flu symptoms. Ordinarily, I would get
over-the-counter meds, but because I was recently in Europe, I wanted to
do the responsible thing and get checked.”
“I wanted to do the responsible thing and get
checked. I called twice and both times the consultants said I should go to the
doctor and self-quarantine. Which is obviously contradictory to the message
circulating. They said there IS NO FREE TESTING!”
She said she
was referred to the hospital by her doctor and when she got there, she had to
pay R1 500 for a nasal swab as there is no free testing.
cannot be done at the doctor but at a hospital. Went to my doctor this morning
and she put me under quarantine & referred me to Morningside Hospital for
testing. Got there and THERE IS NO FREE TESTING! It’s R1500 for a nasal swab.”
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was waiting to get tested, I heard [one] of the nurses say they won’t test u
without u being referred by a doctor (confusing bcos the comms say don’t go to
a doctor) [sic].”
At the time
of her tweets, she said she was in self-quarantine for the next seven days.
to News24, only
public-sector testing is currently free.
As of 9
March, Lancet Laboratories announced that it would also be processing Covid-19
tests from private doctors for R1 400 — how much of this cost you will have to
cover yourself depends on your medical-aid scheme.
Health Medical Scheme will cover the costs of a test if you are found to be
positive. If the result is negative, then you will pay for the diagnostic with
Government Employees Medical Scheme (Gems), which covers more than 2,5 million South
Africans, announced it would also pay for tests and treatments for the virus.