The garden ceremony which took place recently at the Grand Anse Praslin community centre was organised as part of activities to mark Health Workers’ Day on April 7 and to motivate and reassure health professionals on Praslin, letting them know that they are appreciated for the noble act of love they show every day as they carry out their duties.
Dina Hibonne was awarded the longest service award for her 40 years of experience in nursing. She is currently the nurse manager for Praslin and La Digue.
Christel Gonthier scooped the award of merit for her readiness to help whenever necessary.
Samanta Dubignon, a young nurse of very calm nature, won the youth award which was presented to a staff aged 30 years or below.
Dr Hamohan Banga took home the best professional and services award for his outstanding professionalism and patience.
Best emergency responder was won by Patrick Vel, a hardworking young man who joined the Ministry of Health as an ambulance driver and is currently a paramedic.
Best health programme award went to the Health of Our Nation (HOON) programme which carries out health promotional activities to educate the population, especially with the Mon Lasante, Mon Responsabilite i konmans dan Lakour campaign.
Recognition of appreciation awards were awarded to Eline Lesperance for her great devotion, Collin Hollanda, a laboratory staff for his willingness to always help in the mortuary, and Pamela Dubignon for her 22 years of devotion towards the Praslin community.
Departmental and section awards were also presented to reward the collective effort of members of staff.
The best customer care service award was awarded to in-patients services for the remarkable improvement observed by the public.
The best service delivery award was won by a three-member section which handles all administration of the hospital – the Administration Section.
The best overall section was won by the School Dental Service and the best overall department award went to Maternal & Child Healthcare.
A total of 83 Praslinois took part in a survey conducted earlier this year to decide on the awardees for each category.
Health Minister Mitcy Larue thanked the JJ Spirit Foundation for the initiative and encouraged all health professionals to maintain their hard work and continuous effort as well as work on areas that can be improved.
“This event should serve to reassure you that even though the Ministry of Health is often criticised, there is always a part of the community which remains appreciative of your services and that should make you feel proud of yourselves,” she said.
“You touch the lives of the whole population and have noble jobs which require great dedication, compassion and care. We are very grateful to the JJ Spirit Foundation for organising this event and call on the public to take the time to be grateful for the devotion of health professionals,” she added.
Contributed by Nadia Bedier
Photos by Romano Laurence
Source : Seychelles NATION