Edendale nursing sister laid to rest

2016-05-11 06:00
                                                                PHOTO: SUPPLIED Some of the attendees at the memorial service of Sister Thabisa Doyisa, Edendale Hospital staff and the Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Some of the attendees at the memorial service of Sister Thabisa Doyisa, Edendale Hospital staff and the Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.

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EDENDALE Hospital staff, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and the family of the slain nursing sister Thabisa Daysen Doyisa, paid their last respects at a memorial service for her.

Doyisa (46), was shot dead by an assailant using a high calibre shotgun as she arrived at her home last Friday in Naperville.

Edendale Hospital CEO, Zanele Ndwandwe, who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards, says she will forever be haunted by the cries of Doyisa’s 11-year-old son who said he felt bad that he could not do anything to save his mother’s life.

Ndwandwe described Doyisa as a woman of few words, humble, respectful, honest and an industrious person who always smiled. She said the fact that all hospital components converged for the service shows she was a people’s person.

She reminded everyone that Doyisa was the third female nurse who was violently killed in the Umgungundlovu District since the beginning of the year.

The CEO said Doyisa was taken in the prime of her life and at the peak of her career. She says the department had invested much in her when she started her career as a student nurse in 1992.

Doyisa became an enrolled nursing assistant and underwent comprehensive training for general, psychiatric, community and midwife nursing. In December 2014, she qualified as an advanced midwife.

Her good leadership qualities were also attested to by the head of the obstetric and gynaecology unit, Dr Thami Buthelezi, who said Doyisa­, as an advanced midwife, was a good mentor to nurses serving under her.

Dhlomo said the department will arrange a social worker and psychologist programme for Doyisa­’s children so they can learn to deal with the calamity that befell them. He says the whole episode makes him very angry.

“Following on this matter I was shocked that an R5 rifle was used - a gun of war intended to blow the brains out. How selfish is this individual and what worth is he compared to an advanced midwife – a scarce-skilled professional helping to curb maternal deaths in the country?”

Doyisa leaves behind her husband, her parents, six brothers, two sisters and her four children - one at university, the others aged 11, seven and four.

She was laid to rest at Izotsha graveyard in Port Shepstone on Saturday, 30 April. - Supplied.

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