Nurse wins first ever Dr Sabera Bhamjee Award

2008-06-15 00:00

THE family of murdered city gynaecologist Sabera Bhamjee and Netcare’s St Anne’s Hospital on Friday presented an award to nurse Ethel Chisa.

The first Dr Sabera Bhamjee Award ceremony was an emotional event. uMgungundlovu Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee, the doctor’s widowed husband, said her killing was “a trying moment for the family”.

Two years have passed since she was murdered, but the police have not been able to find the killer. Despite the deadlock in the police investigation, the Bhamjee family and friends are hoping to find healing in the legacy that the respected gynae left.

Family friend May Mashego-Mkhize said the award should serve as a starting point towards healing from the pain. “This should be the beginning of a healing path, where we start moving on, to forget the hurt.”

St Anne’s Hospital general manager Christo Becker said the award was done at a request from the family. “It’s an initiative from the family.”

It is hoped that the award will become an annual event to motivate health professionals at the hospital. Becker said the selection criteria were based on the attributes that Dr Bhamjee possessed. “Candidates were judged on excellence, patience, compassion, and dignity.”

Chisa, the first recipient of the award, said she was overwhelmed with gratitude and happiness.

“I am honoured to be the first person to receive this award. I am also humbled that some people recognise what I am doing.”

Chisa said she feels uplifted to be associated with the late gynaecologist, with whom she had the opportunity of working some years ago.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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