By Anye Nde Nsoh
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon.
Out of being a referee in his country of origin Tunisia or the African, Tunisian Basketball referee Sami Belgharek has taken upon himself to join the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The global pandemic which has left the world in a standstill and Basketball competitions halted, Belgharek is now focused on his second occupation which is take care of vulnerable people in their 60’s in Tunisian capital Tunis.
He says during this period, patients need care takers since some have no families.
“During these difficult times, our patients need our help more than ever, especially because most of them have no relatives who could care for them, and they have no visitors,” the international referee explained to FIBA.basketball.
He went further to lay emphasis on the gravity of the virus and calls for consciousness.
“This virus must be taken seriously and my role as this care home’s supervisor is to raise awareness about the severity of this virus without experiencing stress and panic. We make – not only our patients – but everyone aware that it is important to follow health authorities guidelines.”
His optimism has caused him to say
“Here we are doing everything in our power to help the elderly and keep them informed about the best practices against this pandemic, and hopefully, we’ll succeed.”
The 49 years-old who will be turning 50 in December has called the fight against coronavirus unprecedented and one that has to be won. Tunisia currently has a record of over 700 confirmed cases and about 30 associated deaths.
Belgharek started his basketball referee career in 1993, had his first international assignment in 2005.
Sami Belgharek is working same with the United States’ policy calling on retired nurses to return to duty to help fight the global pandemic.
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