Har­ry Co­may pa­tients of the month

George Herald - - MEDICAL SERVICES -

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.

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