1 Military Hospital ICU nurses cheer up COVID-19 patients with dance challenge


ICU nurses from 1 Military Hospital’s COVID-19 ward, donning scrubs and PPE equipment, did the “#ItAin’tMeDanceChallenge” to cheer up their patients. Set to the popular remix of “It Ain’t Me”, the nurses’ dance challenge has gone viral on TikTok and Instagram.

The dance challenge is also about celebrating women’s month and encouraging other female healthcare workers to, “soldier on regardless of the challenges”. This year’s women’s month theme is “Choose to Challenge”.

“The purpose of the dance challenge is to uplift the spirit of all the health workers during this pandemic, and to deliver a strong message to the community and families of the COVID-19 patients that; as health warriors we are here to give you all the support you need and to do the best of our abilities to care for your loved ones,” explained Captain Lorato Peggy Maphatse, Intensive Care Unit Nurse at 1 Military Hospital.

She also emphasised that “as health care workers the more connections we form across various specialties in order to ensure excellence in patient care, the stronger our team becomes, the easier we overcome any COVID-19 challenges”.

Maphatse concluded by saying that during this pandemic, a team that knows how to work cohesively will be a more confident team and that leads to higher output and good results.

Medical staff are no strangers to dance challenges for the sake of patient morale. Last year medical staff around the country took part in the Jerusalema Challenge. Millions of people across the world posted videos of themselves and their colleagues dancing to the rhythm of South African musician Master KG’s hit song Jerusalema last year.