The KZN nominee for Sponsors of Brave, Vivian Campbell Chengalroyan , said she did not always want to be a pharmacist.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s PhD pharmacy candidate explained that after her experiences with her community pharmacist, she realised that her passion lay in this field.
The 2020 Sponsors of Brave campaign, which is in partnership with Adcock Ingram OTC and News24, aims to celebrate unsung heroes and brave professionals in healthcare.
Now in its second season, the campaign recognises that pursuing a career in healthcare during a pandemic is the definition of a generation of brave and it aims to shine a spotlight on the succession of healthcare heroes.
Chengalroyan said being a part of the campaign has opened her eyes to the efforts that healthcare professionals put in when working.
As part of the campaign, Chengalroyan received mentorship from Dr Sham Moodley.
“I cannot think of anyone better. Moodley’s contribution to implementing policies aimed at improving health care at a foundational level and moving away from the conventional practices of pharmacy has opened my eyes as a young pharmacist and has served as a motivation for me,” said Chengalroyan.
Originally from Bluff in eThekwini, the nominee said being a healthcare professional during a pandemic has changed her outlook on how she sees the future.
“I think now more than ever, it is so important to be adaptable. There’s so much importance in learning, growing and adapting. I hope that even after my degree is completed, I am always learning, growing and expanding my professional capabilities,” said Chengalroyan, adding that her dream is to actively participate in policy planning that reaffirms patient importance at the forefront of all decisions.
For the campaign, featured nominees stand a chance to win a mentorship with a healthcare professional in their chosen field and a chance to win one of two R25 000 scholarships.
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