WATCH | Healthcare workers across SA raise spirits by joining in on the 'Jerusalema challenge'

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  • Healthcare workers at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital filmed their rendition of the #Jerusalemachallenge.
  • According to psychiatrist Sanushka Moodley, the dance challenge was a way to remind frontline workers they are "stronger together".
  • Healthcare practitioners from both the Brackengate and CTICC field hospitals in Cape Town also joined in on the dance challenge.


Healthcare workers from the Department of Psychiatry at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto got together to film themselves participating in the #Jerusalemachallenge as a way to promote the message that they are "stronger together".

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"Together we find ways to care, to learn, to hope, to inspire and to rise. Today we pressed a quick pause for some much-needed play and created everyday magic. It allowed us to celebrate each other, to be thankful and to be part of the beautiful big picture," said psychiatrist Sanushka Moodley.

Moodley said they were responding to the University of Pretoria's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which they had first seen performing the Jerusalema dance.

"We needed something to feel happy and hopeful together. We wanted to do something for the other Bara staff who are working on the frontline to make them smile and to encourage them," said Moodley.

The psychiatrists, nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, secretaries and social workers in the department got together to practice twice on Thursday and then filmed the dance on Friday.

"It was filmed by a few psychiatrists who thought their talents were better used behind the camera," laughed Moodley.

The Bara hospital is thinking of doing a bigger dance with all the departments, but this would be difficult to coordinate, Moodley said.

"We have seen other hospital departments, like Charlotte Maxeke, become involved because of our hashtag Jerusalema challenge," said Moodley.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde posted videos to Twitter of healthcare workers in the province joining in on the challenge.

Frontline workers from two field hospitals in Cape Town - at Brackengate and the Cape Town International Convention Centre - were captured dancing in their scrubs.

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