Chiefs doctors monitor players’ psychological well-being amid covid-19

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Kaizer Chiefs team doctors including Dr Hashendra Ramjee have been hard at work, monitoring the players’ mental aspect and ensuring that the squad will be ready for action when the Premier Soccer League (PSL) is given the green light to resume.

Dr Ramjee, who is working with the Chiefs senior, reserve and youth academy divisions says that the ‘Amakhosi’ medical team has been in regular contact with all the players, technical staff and management through various platforms during the national lockdown.

“The players and technical staff all provide us with daily feedback regarding symptom screening via WhatsApp. We connect individually via telephone if there are any individual aspects that we need to manage,” said Ramjee.

“We have also been monitoring our players during this challenging time. We join the weekly technical team online meetings. And as earlier mentioned, we connect with players daily via WhatsApp,” – Ramjee.  Picture: Kaizer Chiefs.

“One of the things that we do regularly is speaking to the players regarding medical care, when needed,” he added.

“The medical team (including physios), Sports Science department, technical team & Club management have been planning for various training scenarios for when we are permitted back to train at the Chiefs Village, including plans for post-lockdown. We have also been involved in advising the Club regarding policies and protocols for everyone in the organisation.”

According to Ramjee,’The Glamour Boys’ medical team is also much more involved in the medical ‘frontline’ work, helping the government to flatten the covid-19 curve.

“The initial lockdown levels have served their purpose to ‘flatten the curve’ and to prepare our medical system. However, as lockdown levels are reduced further, the COVID19 infection rates are expected to increase.”

“As a General Practitioner, my work includes working closely with other doctors in the mental health field and providing support during the Covid-19 pandemic,” concluded Ramjee.

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