Nurses honoured by MEC

2018-06-06 06:01
During the handing over of awards for outstanding nursing by the Department of Health are, from the left, Riaan Strydom (director at the Department of Health), Sr. Edna van Wyk (recipient of the Cecilia Makiwane Award), Thembeka Gwagwa (vice-president of the International Nursing Council), Dr Juanita Beukes and Fufe Makatong, Northern Cape MEC for Health. Photo: Supplied

During the handing over of awards for outstanding nursing by the Department of Health are, from the left, Riaan Strydom (director at the Department of Health), Sr. Edna van Wyk (recipient of the Cecilia Makiwane Award), Thembeka Gwagwa (vice-president of the International Nursing Council), Dr Juanita Beukes and Fufe Makatong, Northern Cape MEC for Health. Photo: Supplied

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“This really gives me more motivation to continue serving our people to the best of my ability.

“I believe that nursing will always be part of my being. As a health professional, I am greatly humbled to be honoured by the MEC and the team of the Department of Health.”

Nursing Pioneer Award recipient Dr Juanita Beukes expressed her thanks with these words when she received her certificate of appreciation from Fufe Makatong, Northern Cape MEC for Health, at a gala evening at Naba Lodge in Upington on Thursday (31/05).

The awards ceremony was held as part of ending off the month of celebrating nurses in the province. The Nursing Pioneer Award and the Cecilia Makiwane Award were handed to the two best nominees for their immense contribution and dedication to the nursing profession over the years.

The event was reportedly attended by Abram Vosloo, mayor of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Thembeka Gwagwa, second vice-president of the International Nursing Council, and the leadership of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) in the province.

Under the 2018 theme, “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health is a Human Right”, the acknowledgement given focussed on the day-to-day work of nurses in progressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, inclu­ding curbing poverty, increasing gender equality and improving access to health care.

“We understand that saying thank you is never enough, hence we came up with two great initiatives, namely the Nursing Pioneers Awards and the Cecilia Makiwane Awards, which this year will honour and recognise our nurses. We are also looking into introducing the Pelotlhomogi nurse of the month,” Makatong was quoted in a statement.

“We celebrate you because you are mothers and fathers, social workers, doctors and everything for patients in your care. We thank you for your courage in the face of attacks by those who lack appreciation for the unbearable conditions you sometimes find yourselves in.

“We acknowledge that you are not only instrumental in preserving lives, but remain key towards us achieving the vision of a long and healthy life for all South Africans.”

The second nominee for the Nursing Pioneer Award was Lena van der West­huizen from Upington, who was also recognised for her lasting contribution to the community of Upington and the ZF Mgcawu District.

The winner of the Cecilia Makiwane Award was nurse of the year Sr. Edna van Wyk of the Raaswater Clinic in the ZF Mqcawu District.

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