Nurs­ing sis­ter wins award

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DENISE Booy­sen was last night named the best nurse in the Western Cape at the Ce­cilia Maki­wane Nurs­ing Awards in Stel­len­bosch.

The an­nual award is named af­ter the first black reg­is­tered pro­fes­sional nurse in South Africa.

Booy­sen, from Vre­den­dal in the Matzikama dis­trict, was cho­sen as the win­ner by a panel of her peers.

The first run­ner- up was Sanel Viljoen of Worces­ter Hospi­tal fol­lowed by Les­ley Hoogevorst of Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

The pro­vin­cial Health Depart­ment said the awards mo­ti­vated and in­spired nurses by recog­nis­ing and re­ward­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery ex­cel­lence.

“Nurses and other health­care work­ers are es­sen­tially our mod­ern-day he­roes, who work un­der tough con­di­tions at our fa­cil­i­ties and serve a grow- ing num­ber of those de­pen­dent on the pub­lic health-care sys­tem,” Health MEC No­mafrench Mbombo said at the Stel­len­bosch Town Hall last night.

Booy­sen has been in­volved in a num­ber of in­no­va­tive com­mu­nity health projects. Her Mis­sion for Vi­sion project col­lected and re­cy­cled spec­ta­cles from com­mu­nity mem­bers who no longer needed them.

TOP NURSE: Denise Booy­sen.

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