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DENOSA to announce and award SA’s Most Caring Nurse for 2019 in Pretoria on Monday night 

Friday, 06 December 2019 


The awards to be held a month before 2020, the International Year of The Nurse and Midwife… 

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) will announce and award the most caring nurse in South Africa for year 2019 at an award ceremony that will held on Monday night (9 December) at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 18h00. 

Running for more than 23 years now, the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award is an annual event hosted by DENOSA in collaboration with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Trust, which awards a nurse who has shown the most dedication and selflessness while performing her work. The nurse is voted for by fellow nurses in the workplace, patients, and community members as well as current and former patients.

Preliminaries are held in provinces where overall provincial winners go on to compete in the national finals. Nine nurses from the provinces will be vying for the coveted award.
The award is named after Marilyn Lahana, a nurse who died of Ebola in 1995 at a Johannesburg hospital. A patient infected with Ebola was transported from Gabon to a Johannesburg Hospital where Marilyn Lahana was working. In an act of sheer selflessness, she risked her own life and cared for the patient comprehensively. Unfortunately, she contracted the virus and died a little later on 24 November 1995. 

Nurses work under extremely difficult and challenging conditions in health facilities, mainly as a result of severe shortage of staff, resources, medications and equipment. 

These conditions often bring them to clash with community members as a result of boiling tensions over long queues at health centres.

“These awards are a way to say to those nurses who give their all under these trying conditions: Keep up the good work; the society is watching you and appreciate your dedication and selflessness. But these awards should not in any way mean that as DENOSA we condone the poor conditions that nurses are subjected to in the workplace where there is no equipment, medication and basic tools of work,” says DENOSA Projects Coordinator, Kedibone Mdolo. 

The awards will be held just a month before 2020, which has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the International Year of The Nurse and Midwife, which will highlight and focus on this noble profession and its challenges. 

Members of the media are invited to attend the event and report.

Details of the event are as follows:

DATE: Monday 09 December 2019 
VENUE: CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria  
TIME: 18h00 – 20h30

MEDIA RSVP CONTACT: Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager. 072 584 4175. 


Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)