Provincial winners of the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award were honoured last night at the awards gala dinner hosted by DENOSA at Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria.
The awards acknowledge those in the noble profession who in the eyes of their colleagues, patients and community members have shown outstanding selflessness and dedication to the care of their patients.
The awards are named after Marilyn Lahana, a nurse who contracted Ebola when she cared for a patient who had been transferred to a Johannesburg hospital from Gabon. The patient, a doctor from Gabon, had contracted the virus from the patient he himself was caring for.
Marilyn Lahana later died a few days later at the then Johannesburg General Hospital (now Charlotte Maxeke Hospital).
This year was the 21st annual Marilyn Lahana Awards.
Nine provincial winners competed for the first three positions at the national finals last night: for the over-all winner, the first runner-up and second runner up.
The nine provincial winners, who were eyeing the top three positions at the national finals were:
Bulelwa Lamani from Dora Nginza Hospital in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Tukisi Kagiso Prince from Job Shimankana Tabane Hospital in North West; Noko Ngoepe from Mediclinic in Limpopo; Dorothy Mamabolo-Loti who is a co-founder of Community Primary Health Care Services in Dobsonville in Soweto, Gauteng; Slindile Khumalo from Jolivet Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal; Angelina Vermeulen
from Itekeng Support Group 24/7 Care Centre in the Free State; Oupa Dominic Mbuyane from Mthimba Clinic in Mpumalanga; Engela Maria Cornelia Smit from Vosburg CHC in Northern Cape; and Xoliswa Motolwana from Knysna Hospital in Western Cape.