CAPE TOWN – As South Africa continues the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers continue to work tirelessly playing a crucial role in the fight against the coronavirus.
A recently launched campaign called #ThankTheMedics aims to boost morale within hospitals and all medical staff as a platform for all to use to thank medical workers throughout South Africa.
The initiative was started by a 34-year-old KwaZulu -Natal woman, Yenziwe Ngema, who is currently specialising in Orthopaedic Surgery at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. A medical frontline worker who has firsthand experience of the effects the Covid-19 pandemic had on healthcare workers.
“There’s no getting away from the impact Covid-19 has had on me and my fellow healthcare workers, all of whom knowingly put their own lives at risk to ensure the safety of others. We took a tremendous amount of strain, and with ever-increasing expectations being placed on the healthcare system, it’s understandable that many of us are now suffering from stress, low morale and depression”, said Ngema.
Ngema says her colleagues and herself have become so used to the chaos, disorganisation and the emotional and physical toll isolation takes on the human spirit as they worked through the pandemic tirelessly by putting their own lives at risk to ensure the safety of our people.
“But we never had the chance to get used to hearing the words ‘thank you’. Those two words mean everything, they’re a balm for the human spirit,” said Ngema.
She hopes to raise funds through her Thank The Medics crowdfunding page to help gift healthcare workers throughout the country with two R250 vouchers with one as a gift and a token of appreciation and another to be given to those who have fought the Covid-19 pandemic alongside our medics.
BackaBuddy will select beneficiaries at random by using Vula Mobile’s database of doctors, nurses, ambulance workers and paramedics throughout the country.
If you would like to register and qualify for a voucher, register on the Vula Mobile database here
Thank Your Medics: How to get involved:
- Set up your own crowdfunding campaign to #ThankTheMedics in your area
- Share the #ThankTheMedics campaign on Social Media!
- #ThankTheMedics by dropping off a coffee, baking a cake, volunteering your time or offering a kind message of support!
- Make a donation via Snapscan
- Make donations to the BackaBuddy page
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