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.
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...