Military nursing ranks boosted by 70 plus


A graduation ceremony this month in Unisa’s ZK Matthews Hall added more than 70 qualified nurses of both sexes to those already serving in the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS).

No less than 39 uniformed nurses successfully completed their four year diploma courses and were presented with diplomas in, among others, general nursing, midwifery, healthcare and psychiatry.

A further 23 SAMHS members successfully completed a year-long primary healthcare course with another 14 making the grade in the midwifery course, also a year of study and practical.

Guest speaker at the graduation, Sister Tsakane Joyce Selesho who is clinical tutor and infection control facilitator at a major Pretoria hospital, told the graduates to “go out and make a difference” in the provision of healthcare not only to the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) but to the whole of South Africa. She pointed out the mandates of healthcare nurses is to provide a healthy life for all with specific focus on increased life expectancy, decreased maternal and child mortality, combating HIV/Aids and TB as well as decreasing the burden of diseases on lifestyle.

SAMHS director: nursing, Brigadier General Lulu Siwisa, said the graduates could all be proud of what they had achieved during their studies.