Gran’s care an inspiration

2016-11-08 16:24
Aghmat Mohamed, the new senior manager of nursing services at Groote Schuur Hospital, wants to tell the youth that the world is their oyster to grab.

Aghmat Mohamed, the new senior manager of nursing services at Groote Schuur Hospital, wants to tell the youth that the world is their oyster to grab. (Gary van Dyk)

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The joy he got in watching a nurse care for his grandmother led to a love for the nursing profession for a young boy in Manenberg.

Aghmat Mohamed, the new senior manager of nursing services at Groote Schuur Hospital, remembers how a visit from the district nurse at that time made his grandmother very happy.

“For her care and compassion that nurse became our friend and was regarded as a member of the family for the way that she cared for our grandmother.

“Every time she visited she brought a smile to her face and she was respected by all in the community.

“That respect and caring for the community inspired me and from about Grade 7 that is what I knew I wanted to do.”

That inspiration led to this position at Groote Schuur but also saw him spend some time overseas.

The journey started 21 years ago at the Nico Malan Nursing College in Athlone where he did his diploma in nursing.

“After qualifying I got my first job at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where I worked in the paediatric cardiac intensive care unit,” he says.

“I loved working there but I later realised I wanted to further my studies but shift work would not allow my studies to flourish.

“That’s when I found a job at Woodstock Hospital where I worked in the emergency department, reproductive health, district nursing and chronic disease management clinics, but realised this is where I wanted to be and most importantly I would get my chance to study.”

Mohamed ended up working in community psychiatry at Woodstock that had satellite clinics in Maitland and Kensington.

He was asked to help with planning the new community health centre in Green Point and two years later became the facility manager of the Brooklyn health centre.

“By this time I obtained my postgraduate diploma in nursing management and immediately continued my studies for my certificate in primary health care and a certificate in pharmacology.

“After I worked at various facilities I decided to spread my wings overseas and spent 11 years in Dublin, Ireland.

“There I was also involved in teaching at colleges as well as continuing my studies, doing my masters in creative leadership.”

Eventually the call of his home was too strong and he came back to be the nursing services manager at Melomed in Gatesville.

“I am forever grateful to Melomed for believing in me and for allowing me to do things differently, for looking after me exceptionally well and for the amazing staff.

“About 14 months ago I got the call to be the deputy manager at Groote Schuur and I always knew that I wanted to be here where the journey started.

“It’s the start of another exciting journey.”

Mohamed, who now lives in Woodstock, loves sharing his story with the world because he hopes that it is an inspiration for young people facing disadvantages in their communities.

“I never forget my roots in Manenberg and I am proud of where I come from,” he says.

“There was nothing fancy about how I grew up, but my parents gave us the best they could and raised us with the best morals and values.

“My message to the youth is that they must strive to make a positive future for themselves. It won’t be easy but they must always believe in themselves.”

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