Harry Comay patients of the month
Bongani Skoti and Rozane Moos have been named Harry Comay Hospital's Patients of the Month for March. These two patients rose above their circumstances, despite their many challenges, and are role models for other patients. Patients are scored according to certain specific criteria (medication compliance, friendly, neatness, helpful in the ward, attending group sessions etc.) and selected by a committee comprising doctors, nursing staff, the social worker and management. Winners receive a goody bag with items donated by local companies and individuals.
The Patient of the Month initiative was launched in April 2017 to serve as motivation, inspiration and encouragement to patients in their fight against tuberculosis (TB).
"Through this initiative, we aim to facilitate and teach self-respect while also being mindful of the needs of others, as well as caring for our environment," said Dr Alyssa Loftus, medical doctor at the hospital. Global impact of TB
TB occurs in every part of the world. In 2016, the largest number of new TB cases occurred in Asia, with 45% of new cases, followed by Africa, with 25% of new cases.
South Africa falls under the 27 highburden drug-resistant countries, which means we have at least 4 000 cases of multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB each year and / or at least 10% of TB cases reported are MDR TB.
Any organisation or individual who would like to be involved in this initiative, can contact the hospital in Nelson Mandela Boulevard, George, on
044 803 9000 / 044 814 1108 and speak to Dr Alyssa Loftus.
From left are Dr Alyssa Loftus, runner-up Cathleen Schoeman, winners Bongani Skoti and Rozane Moos (winner), runners-up Paul Arries and Hannelie Rautenbach and Dr Linde Marais.