Prayer meeting held for ‘departed’ nurses

2016-10-05 06:00
 RIGHT: Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo (right) at a prayer  meeting at Grey’s   Hospital on Monday.

RIGHT: Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo (right) at a prayer meeting at Grey’s Hospital on Monday.

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KWAZULU-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has urged women not to stay in abusive relationships, but to immediately seek help if they feel their lives are in danger.

MEC Dhlomo was speaking at a prayer meeting held at Grey’s Hospital on Monday, 26 September to pay tribute to three fallen department employees, who were allegedly murdered by their partners.

Sister Thabisa Daysen Doyisa, a midwife at Edendale Hospital was gunned down in her home in Naperville on 22 April, 28-year-old Nelisiwe Shelembe, a professional nurse from Grey’s Hospital was shot dead on 7 April while on her way to work and Ntokozo Molefe, a labour relations manager was stabbed to death on 6 March.

Dhlomo said that it had been a wish of his to meet these families and help them find closure.

He described health-care workers in general as “a gift from God, who minister in a wonderful way.”

“When they die, even if their deaths are natural, it is always painful. It is even worse when their lives are taken by people who are supposed to love and protect them. The violence that is there in society, whenever you hear a woman has been raped, shot, or stabbed, it is usually men who are the perpetrators. To women out there if it concerns your life and you feel you are under threat, report it. Do not stay in an abusive relationship.”

He also urged nurses to exercise care and compassion towards terminally ill patients, saying that affording them dignity may deliver them from spiritual pain, which may automatically result in relief from physical pain.

“Damp-dusting windows in the wards should move towards ensuring that your patients are always in a dignified state. Wipe their face, apply petroleum jelly or another ointment, even when they die, it helps relatives cope better when they see that their loved ones were being looked after.” - Supplied.

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