SANCA Wedge Gardens toasted its nursing staff recently for the excellent job they did in caring for their substance abuse recovery patients during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
On September 4, the nurses were all presented with a specially-made coffee cup that reads: Never underestimate a nurse who survived the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
Sister Estelle Raath, the deputy manager of the rehab centre, says nurses demonstrate bravery, endurance and dedication.
“To all the nursing staff of Wedge Gardens, thank you for all you are doing during the pandemic. We appreciate all your hard work. Thank you so much for making sure the patients at Wedge receive the care they need to be safe. You are all superheroes for working so hard during these challenging times.”
Estelle says the hours put in by the nurses over the past few months were gruelling and they were very aware that they were putting themselves at risk of contracting the disease while the majority of South Africans sheltered at home.
“My hope is that everyone will come to have a greater appreciation for those who work in the medical field.”
With regard the ongoing pandemic and possibilities of further surges in the infection rate in South Africa, she says: “Let’s take it one day at a time. Don’t let scary thoughts win; continue to fight and never quit. We will beat the virus, overcome our fatigue and find the strength we need to carry on.
“May God bless you all for doing this difficult job every day with a smile on your faces!”
Sanca Wedge Gardens is a professional rehab centre in Johannesburg, run by Rand Aid Association. Visit www.wedgegardens.co.za for more information on the services offered or phone 010 534 6596.
Enrolled nurses Julia Mokoena and Lydia Maseko with Sister Estelle Raath (middle), with their specially branded mugs.