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Following a brief hiatus of three years due to the advent of Covid-19, the Ngami District Health Management Team (DHMT)’s excellence awards returned Friday with glitz and glamour in a night to remember for the recipients and guests.
The health sector had come in its element, as Friday night provided an opportunity for the workers to get away from consulting rooms, theatres, patients’ beds and the general somber environment they work under for an event they had every reason to smile about, as excellence was being rewarded.
Held under the theme: A legacy of excellence lasts forever through Covid -19and beyond, this year’s awards came back bigger and better, – and this is judging by the number of stakeholders who joined hands with the DHMT to make it a success it was. Various companies in the private sector supported the awards – by sponsoring the various categories.
That the management team pulled off the event to a success is not in doubt- as there were 15 categories of the awards in which 39 individual performers we awarded, while 11 institutions were also awarded for their excellence in the different categories.
Giving an overview of the awards, Coordinator Ngami DHMT Sandra Maripe revealed that Ngami DHMT has taken a proactive decision to priotise its workforce as a primary drive to achieve results over finance and infrastructure.
“We believe that we may have funds and infrastructure, but if we do not have people, who are in the right mood, we will not get excellent health outcomes. Staff motivation in any organisation is one element that has proven to increase employee satisfaction and productivity,” she noted.
Maripe further reiterated that health care workers provide essential health care service for human rights and developments, further highlighting that in many occasions, they go beyond above and beyond their call of duty.
Of concern, Maripe said they feel geographically disadvantaged as evidenced by the difficult the DHMT faces in staff retention, as the area continues to unattractive to many civil servants.
“And hence why we are here tonight to celebrate those who continue to find the need to serve this district, more importantly rendering quality health services,” she appreciated.
Khoemacau Copper Mining Chief Executive Officer Johan Ferreira applauded the ministry of health for recognising the efforts of its employees in the provision of quality primary health care services, while at the same time motivating the health management team.
Giving the keynote address, Ferreira also paid tribute to the generous service of the Ngami DHMT to the operations of Khoemacau Mine during Covid-19, ensuring the entire mine, staff and communities in the area navigates the turbulent period and successfully completes development of an underground mine.
He further encouraged the recipients of the awards to be best examples and ambassadors of excellence service, while those who did not get rewarded to introspect and find that can make them excellent service providers worthy to be awarded.