PMB nurse lauded for her integrity in returning R45?500

2014-06-09 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG nurse has been praised for her integrity by the MEC for Health after The Witness ran a story on her good deed.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo told guests at a celebration of International Nurses’ Day at Addington Hospital on Saturday that nurses were a force for change.

He said that, as the profession celebrated the 104th birthday of Florence Nightingale, nurses had to recognise their personal responsibility over their own image and how the public viewed them. “Nurses remain a pillar of society and are at the forefront of development, education and health,” he said. “They nurture, they chastise, they build and they protect.”

To illustrate his point, he referred to the story of Nonhlanhla Dladla, a 31-year-old nurse from Northdale whose honesty and dedication was highlighted in a story in The Witness.

Dladla found R45 500 inside a red packet belonging to a patient who died at the hospital. She handed the bag and its contents to her manager and the hospital got in touch with his family.

Dladla said she had learned her values from her mother, Beauty Mnguni.

“She taught me to be grateful for what I have and to always help others. She did not do this by lecturing me but by leading by example. I try and live the same way to make my mother proud. She is going to be so happy when she sees me in the newspaper,” said Dladla.

Dhlomo said that the integrity displayed by Dladla was something that everyone should aspire to.

He then presented her with a certificate recognising the honesty and integrity she displayed during the call of duty.

The MEC also called on nurses to help the government achieve the targets set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Maternal, perinatal and under-five mortality in South Africa remain unacceptably high … According to the 2010 country report on MDGs, the baseline maternal mortality ratio for South Africa, based on the 1998 South African demographic and health survey, is 150 per 100 000 live births,” he said, adding that while progress had been made, more needed to be done to achieve the target of 20 per 1 000 live births by 2015.

Dhlomo also believes there is a need to relaunch the campaign on accelerated reduction of maternal and child mortality in Africa, which has the theme: “No Women Should Die While Giving Birth”.

“We have placed programmes in place, like ensuring that each district has at least one specialised dedicated emergency medical service vehicle for maternity and neonatal care,” he said.

“We have also established basic obstetric emergency care units in strategic positions within the districts to bring health services closer to communities and to ensure improved access to essential health services.”

Nurses were also key, the MEC said, in tackling cervical cancer, through the screening of all women above the age of 35 years and vaccination of Grade 4 girls, who are nine years and older, against human papillomavirus. He also stressed that nuses were vital in the government’s plan to give women and girls family planning advice to curb unintended pregnancies and abortions. — WR.

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