Hos­pi­tal walks the talk


Set­tlers Hos­pi­tal’s staff Well­ness Day be­gan at 10am in the Hos­pi­tal grounds. Avbob, Stan­dard Bank, San­lam, Capitec and Old Mu­tual com­pany of­fi­cials up­dated poli­cies and gave in­for­ma­tion to po­ten­tial new clients. Pro­fes­sional nurses Stembi Guba and Nonkoliso Princess Mjaba did screen­ing and tak­ing blood pres­sure, sugar and choles­terol, body mass in­dex and HIV test­ing.

Pro­ceed­ings started with a prayer by Pas­tor Phumla Pango who worked at Set­tlers Hos­pi­tal for 23 years. She asked staff to be true to them­selves and face all chal­lenges. She also en­cour­aged staff do well be­cause their Depart­ment was in cri­sis.

Set­tler’s CEO Luyanda Nqenqa said that a worker must be healthy. “You can’t heal if you are not healed your­self first.” She en­cour­aged staff to test them­selves (for con­di­tions) so that they could be able to help oth­ers. Ngenqa said the Well­ness Day was one day for fun, “Be­cause we are all em­ploy­ees of Gov­ern­ment.” She urged staff to put pa­tients first be­cause their work, the clothes on their backs and even a child go­ing to Uni­ver­sity “is be­cause of that pa­tient who is in bed”. Added Ngenqa: “Keep smil­ing and be pos­i­tive all the time.”

Makana Coun­cil Mem­ber Ramie Xonxa was in an equally mo­ti­va­tional mood.

“As res­i­dents of Gra­ham­stown, Set­tlers Hos­pi­tal is one of the most im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties in our com­mu­nity be­cause it is where peo­ple get help,” he said. “With­out Set­tlers, we [would] be noth­ing be­cause [we’d have] to travel to other places for help. It is an in­sti­tu­tion [that] brings hope to the com­mu­nity of Makana.” Coun­cil­lor Xonxa added that Set­tlers’ also put food on the ta­bles of a lot of fam­i­lies, mak­ing it one of the most im­por­tant stake­hold­ers in Makana.

He said that Well­ness Day al­lows stake­hold­ers to fo­cus on the sit­u­a­tion of the peo­ple in an in­sti­tu­tion, as well as their train­ing and recruitment. “Peo­ple should live men­tal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual lives,” he said: “It is im­por­tant for the work­ers to be physi- cally fit in or­der not to make mis­takes.”

Added Area Man­ager Gqa­mana: “In hos­pi­tal we are work­ing un­der pres­sure, but thanks to the CEO, we have a Well­ness Day so that work­ers can be fine.”

She urged staff to avoid mis­takes be­cause the con­se­quences of such mis­takes are of­ten ter­ri­ble.

Photo: Lin­dani Donyeli

L-R: Dan­jiwe Gqa­mana (Area Man­ager), Linda Same (Chief Porter), Luyanda Nqenqa (CEO), Ramie Xhonxa (Makana Coun­cilour), Ndileka Many­athi (Area Man­ager Nurs­ing Devel­op­ment), Phumla Pango (Pas­tor), Nosipho Mbinda (Area Man­ager Nurs­ing), Moira Tes­nar...

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