Wednesday, 30 January 2019
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa will announce and award the most caring nurse in South Africa for year 2018 at an award ceremony that will held tonight at Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria from 18h00.
Running for more than 22 years now, the Marilyn Lahana Caring Awards is an annual event hosted by DENOSA in collaboration with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Trust, which awards a nurse who has shown the most dedication and selflessness while performing her work. The nurse is voted for by fellow nurses in the workplace, patients, and community members as well as current and former patients.
Preliminaries are held in provinces where overall provincial winners go on to compete in the national finals. Nine nurses from the provinces will be vying for the coveted award.
The award is named after Marilyn Lahana, a nurse who died of Ebola in 1995 at a Johannesburg hospital. A patient infected with Ebola was transported from Gabon to a Johannesburg Hospital where Marilyn Lahana was working. In an act of sheer selflessness, she risked her own life cared for the patient comprehensively. Unfortunately, she got infected with the virus and died a little later on 24 November 1995.
Nurses work under extremely difficult and challenging conditions in health facilities, mainly as a result of severe shortage of staff, resources, medications and equipment. These conditions often bring them to clash with community members as a result of boiling tensions over long queues health centres.
“These awards are a way to say to those nurses that give their all under these trying conditions: Keep up the good work; the society is watching you and appreciate your dedication and selflessness. But these awards should not in any way mean that as DENOSA we condone the poor conditions that nurses are subjected to in the workplace where there is no equipment, medication and basic tools of work,” says DENOSA Projects Coordinator, Kedibone Mdolo.
Details of the event are as follows:
Wednesday 30 January 2019
Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria
18h00 (for 18h30) – 20h30
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager. 072 584 4175.