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                               Catherine Booth Hospital
31 March 2007
Volume 1, Issue 2




                                                                                     UMBIKO
Editor: Dr. L. Naidoo



                                                                                Informing the people



                              SNAKES LURKING AT CBH
                              A     2.6 metre black mamba
                                    was killed outside OPD
                                                               ment.
                                                               Zululand has a relatively high
                                                                                                   night. Story by:            Dr.

                              early this month. The snake      incidence of snakes in the
                              was apparently spotted by a      vicinity, and the prevalence of
Inside this issue:            patient who was sitting out-     snakebites in hospitals is at its
                              side OPD. It had appeared        peak during this period.
                              from underneath the cars
Part of the Furniture   1-2   parked in front of               It is advisable to be extra care-
                              OPD.Presumably brought           ful when walking on the hos-
                              into the premises by one of                                          The black mamba, measuring 2.6
Healthcare Christian    2
Fellowship                    the cars                                                             metres with an average weight of
                              Phakamani from the labora-                                           3.5 kilograms
Activities and Events   3     tory was quite valiant enough
                              to search for the snake which
Entertainment           3     had gone into pipe near the
                              Paediatric ward.
                              The snake had an estimated
Staff news              3
                              weight of about 3.5 kilograms
                              and a length of 2.6 metres.      pital premises, especially at
Notices                 3     Two other snakes were killed
                              on the hospital premises in
Fighting for Love and   4     the same week. One was near
Crossword puzzle              the nurses’ residence and an-                                        L. Naidoo
                              other near the Stores depart-                                        Phakamani courageously holding


                              PART OF THE FURNITURE
                              G     one are those days when
                                    we used to wash pa-
                                                               ngo 1971, October 26. Um-
                                                               ama wangikhulumela no
                                                                                                   gane.
                                                                                                   Zhane: Kwakuyini umsebenzi
                              tients’ clothes in the rivers.   Coner (Ngqofela) ukuze              wenu?
                              This is the message from 4       ngithole umsebenzi.
                              ladies who have been working                                         Mayo: Wawenza noma yini
                                                               Mayo: Ngazizela mathupha            obona kubalulekile ukuthi
                              at CBH for more than 30          ngizof una umsebenzi
                              years. They are Mayo                                                 uyenze. Ngasebenza eMale
                                                               ingekho yonke lento yoku-           ward iminyaka engu 7 ngad-
                              Mthembu, Thandazile Zulu,        applaya. Isibhedlela sasi-
                              Ethel Zulu and Thenjiwe                                              lulela ekhishini ngase ngaya
                                                               phethwe amaSalveshe ngo-            elondolo.
                              Shembe.                          January 1971.
                              Zhane: Naqala nini ukuse-                                            Thanda: Sasi cleaner nga-
                                                               Ethel: Nami ngozoqala               madolo weZanele ngane yami
                              benza kulesisibhedlela?          ngo1971 ngazicelela mina.           singafaki ngisho amagloves
                              Thandazile: Mina ngaqala         Ngasebenza ewondini lezin-          kodwa singaguli kodwa
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UMBIKO                                                                            Volume 1, Issue 2                                       Page 2




...PART OF THE FURNITURE
abamanje bayakhala ngisho              kuguka kwami nisaphila?              nurse. It was not for the love       Zhane: What about training,
besebenzisa imishini.                  Thanda: Wengane yami mina            of money.                            because now you’re no longer
Zhane: Nani hola malini                ngikhathele manje sen-               Zhane: Who was your ma-              a nursing assistant?
ngenyanga?                             gizozimpheshela kodwa                tron?                                Thanji: Oh, I had to train as
Ethel: Sasi hola uR6 kodwa             khona ngiyambonga uMdali.            Thenji: Ms. Coner (Ngqofela)         an enrolled nurse and thereaf-
yayiningi ngoba nezinto zazisa         Ethel: Ngikhathele ngophu-           was our matron. Anyway, she          ter, within 6 months, I was
shibhile. Buka nje isaka lem-          mula manje mabazukulu bami.          was everything: hospital man-        called to Marianhill Hospital
puphu u50kg wawu biza                  Okungijabulisayo ukuthi nami         ager, matron, a doctor, HR           to do my diploma. Mind you,
ishumi, amazambane ewu 45c,            ngilibambile iqhaza kulesisib-       manager, night super, priest as      Ngqofela liked people who
ushukela u2.5kg u15c.                  hedlela.                             well as a principal because we
                                                                                                                 progressed.
Mayo: Futhi uNgqofela waye-            Mayo: Mina ngangena                  had a nursing school for
sidayisela amasekeni.                  ngithathe umfana wami wo-            ENA’s. Even now, I don’t             Zhane: I find it very amazing
                                       kugcina uyaganwa manje               know how she managed, but            that you are still working here,
Zhane: Izingubo zaziwashwa                                                  she did. There was a man who         while some people stay for a
kanjani kanye nokudla                  kodwa ngibonga uNkulunkulu
                                       ngoba abanye esasi nabo se-          worked at the graveyard dig-         short while and leave CBH,
kwakuphekwa kanjani?                                                        ging holes for patients, with
                                       basishiya.                                                                saying that its boring, “bundu-
Mayo: Kwakukhona umshini                                                    no relatives, who died...that
                                       Labomama babesiza futhi                                                   like”, and people here are not
wokuwasha kodwa uma ufile                                                   graveyard at the back of the
                                       basasiza ekugcineni isibhedlela      old nurses’ home. They were          stylish! But how come you are
sasihamba siyowasha em-                                                                                          still here?
fuleni. Imoto yayisithatha             sisesimeni esihle siyababonga        buried with respect. On Sun-
nezimpahla siphathe netiye             futhi ngethemba ukuthi um-           days, all patients and workers       Thenji: They are weak futhi
kanye nesinkwa sokudla kuthi           phakathi wakwaKhoza                  attended services under the          bathanda ukufika lapho izinto
uma sesiqedile ibuye isilande.         uyaziqhenya ngabo.                   tree, led by that strong             sezenziwe. They don’t want to
                                                                            Ngqofela. She was so amaz-
Thanda:         Ukudla                           ========                                                        be part of change and be
                                                                            ing. I think we need to write
kwakuphekwa esitofini                                                       something about her and I am         proud of it.
samalahle ngamabhodwe                  Mrs. Thenjiwe Shembe was
                                       one of the nursing staff dur-        willing to be a part of that.        THANK YOU ladies. In the
amakhulu. Kwakuphekelwa
                                       ing the 1970’s. Talking to her       Zhane: What about infection          next issue, I will be talking to
wonke umuntu iziguli kanye
nezisebenzi. Ukhwenyana                made me realise that on earth        control?                             the guys. No matter what you
kamaGuma ebhaka amak-                  there are people who care                                                 are doing for CBH, you are
                                                                            Thenji: We tried to be as
hekhe. Kukhona nesigubhu               about the lives of others de-                                             very important and we are all
                                                                            clean as ever...as for sputum
samasi uRobert Mthembu                 spite working conditions and                                              proud of you… So unga-
                                                                            samples, patients were given
kanye noZakharia Mthembu               challenges they meet…                                                     zibukeli phansi. I am also
                                                                            stainless steel sputum mugs.
babebuye baphe isibhedlela             Zhane: When did you start            And to discard the sputum,           challenging the management
amasi. Kanye nabanye esen-             working here?                        we had to dig a hole and bury        to do something about the
gabakhohlwa.                                                                it using Jeyes fluid as disinfec-    workers who had worked for
                                       Thenji: It was 1975. I earned
Zhane: Nizizwa kanjani njen-           R24, bonus included, but that        tant. Those who were work-           CBH for more than 20 years!
goba senisebenze iminyaka              did not matter because I was         ing at TB ward had to take
engaka lapha. Futhi ngo-                                                    INH daily.                                  By: “Zhane” Khanyile
                                       happy and enjoyed being a


HEALTHCARE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (HCF)
 “More People Pass Through the Health Centres of the World                  During the terminal illness of their father, Carl and Francis Grim recog-
               than Through its Churches”                                   nised the great spiritual need in hospitals. If doctors, nurses and other
                                                                            members of the healthcare team were won to Christ, He could communi-
                          Let us talk HCF:
                                                                            cate His compassion through them to their patients. Thus in 1936, con-
The HCF is interdenominational and operates as an arm of the                strained by God, they formed a Fellowship, which was later known as
Church, with Jesus Christ as the central figure. Members of all disci-      Hospital Christian Fellowship, now Healthcare Christian Fellowship.
plines have a fellowship together, placing emphasis on fundamental          Pioneering journeys were undertaken to many parts of the world; training
truths and avoiding controversial issues.                                   bases have been established for the ever-growing number of nationals
                       Who can be members?                                  whose hearts have been captured by the vision of HCF; and international
                                                                            conferences have become a regular feature, linking believers worldwide in
There is no joining fee, nor any membership card required. In fact,         a fellowship of prayer and care.
we should all join hands in supporting our clients holistically and give
them hope, starting from the person at the gate, to clerical staff,         HCF at CBH: Some members of the healthcare team gather every
nursing, medical staff, boilermaker, cleaners, kitchen staff, therapists,   Wednesday between 13h00 and 14h00 for prayers and sharing God’s
management, and all other members of the health care team.                  word, and later, every evening from 18h00-18h30 for prayer. Please do
                                                                            join us as we move forward to Evangelism!
                        How did it all begin?
                                                                                                                           By: Mrs. P. S. Magongo
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Activities and Events                                                                                waiting at home cos iChurch
                                                                                                     of Scotland ingase khaya nga-
Parties:                           every month, we buy presents      members.                        linda ngaze ngakhathala.
There is that amazing term         for the one who was born that     Siphiwe: Mina angazi ukuthi Phakamani: Mina amak-
called Team Spirit in O.T.         month. Yena athenga ikhekhe       kwenzekeni ngoba kade laba- hokho ami ayengimphintsa so
Every month they host a party      nanoma yini enye than we          bantu bethi bafuna igame ngangingadlala kanjani.
for each and every member          enjoy!”                           kodwa manje bathi abanamali
there. So on 21 March, I went      That day, it was Mrs.             (guys) girls were willing to go!
there uninvited to see what’s      Mchunu’s party. Last month                                         But all in all, girls were so
                                                                     Sibonelo: The thing is asiholi disappointed in their boys
up. Hey wean zibuya! It was        was NJ’s party. I think this is   sonke ngo mhlaka 15.
during lunch… worry nor            amazing guys, and they have                                        because they were counting
Management! Big cake, KFC          to keep it up… setting a good     Jabu: Abafana bahlupha bazi on them. Girls played Amati-
(mind you, the real one, not       example to other depart-          kahle ukuthi ngeke sihambe kulu and won 26-08. But next
those esizenzela zona emak-        ments! Anyway, they gave me       ngaphandle kwabo.                time there won’t be any ex-
haya), soft drinks, and snacks.    some cake to eat!                                                  cuses. Siyahamba futhi sizow-
                                                                     Bongani: Mina kwazi noma
On the other table, there were                                                                        ina coz we’re all strong and
                                                                     ubani ukuthi ngilimele
more than 10 presents                                                                                 willing!
                                                                     edolweni ngangingadlala kan-
wrapped up in different gift-      Sports:                           jani?                                     By: Zhane Khanyile
wraps. Cha akekho owaye            Bad news: soccer and netball      Zinhle: A had cash and I was
cove nge sterisheet.               teams were supposed to visit      willing to go!
Then I asked Sr. Nene about        COSH for a game, but some-
                                   thing went wrong. “What           A.K.: Poor organizing!
it. She said, “We believe in
creating a good team spirit. So    happened?” asked concerned        Sayinile: Mina I was off but


Entertainment
Hey workers! When I got            table tennis table very soon,     Till next time… Keep well
here, I thought to myself,         so guys, life is what YOU         chillers!
there’s no way I’m gonna stay      make of it. If you are boring,               By: Xolile Ngweni
here for a year. But hey, who-     your life will be just that…
ever said Catherine Booth was      “Boring!”
boring and a place for “Old
Mutuals” was sooo wrong!
                                                                     Staff News
There’s a pool table at the        By the way, the soccer team is    We would like to say farewell to the following doctors
kitchen, and it’s working, so      still on a high, a game to        who have left us: Dr. Dimitriades and Dr. Marais have
those who love taking time to      Pietermaritzburg’s Edendale       moved to Port Shepstone hospital, and Dr. Zwarts has
relax and enjoy a game of          Hospital is on the cards. Un-     taken up private practice in Mtunzini. However, there
pool, it’s available till 22h00.   fortunately we will be without    is hope that he will be doing sessions for our hospital.
                                   one of our very vocal players,    Thank you for your service and contributions to CBH.
                                   Bongani Buthelezi, who got        A warm welcome to the new doctors: Dr. Mulongo
I also heard there will be a       injured during a soccer prac-     (our new CMO) from Empangeni Hospital, and Dr.
                                   tice session.                     Pillay from Prince Mshiyeni Hospital. We hope you
                                                                     enjoy your stay.

NOTICES
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF                OTHER USEFUL GAR-                 PLEASE CONTACT DR.
THE FOLLOWING:                     MENTS OR ITEMS FOR                GOVENDER IN OPD FOR
                                   THE UNDERPRIVI-                   FURTHER INFORMA-
THERE WILL BE A CAM-
                                   LEGED. THESE ITEMS                TION. YOUR DONA-
PAIGN HELD AT CBH TO
                                   WILL BE DISTRIBUTED               TIONS    WILL    BE
COLLECT OLD AND/OR
                                   TO THE NEEDY PA-                  GREATLY APPRECI-
UNUSED CLOTHING,
                                   TIENTS.                           ATED.
SHOES, STATIONERY,
SCHOOL BAGS, AND
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                                                      This newsletter has been launched to facilitate interaction between
 Catherine Booth Hospital                             staff and community members, as well as patients. It is a necessity
                                                      that the staff of CBH are well aware of happenings around them,
The Editor                                            especially if they have a direct impact on them. All news pub-
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Phone: 035-4748402                                    please feel free to contact the editor.
Fax: 035-4748413
E-mail: benzzn@webmail.co.za                          We hope to keep you informed! Enjoy reading!
                                                      Dr. L. Naidoo (Editor)
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                    Department of Health


FIGHTING FOR LOVE
A young man was in love with his high school
sweetheart. But the girl was living with her strict
granny who would not let her go out with friends,
not even her boyfriend. She had her bedroom on the
third floor of their mansion.
One day the boyfriend decided:
Boyfriend (to himself): I’m gonna steal my sweet-
heart from the jaws of this nagging lady.
The granny (to the little girl): Tonight we shall
swap our sleeping places. I will go up next to the
window for fresh air and you will use my bed.
The girl: Okay, granny. No problem.
That very night about 11pm:
Boyfriend: I’ll use this stepladder to climb up and
fetch my love. He climbed up and found that the
window was wide open. He jumped inside, folded
the old lady with the bedding and down he climbed,
only to find that it was the 87 year old granny!
                                 By: Smanga Khoza.




                                                                                             By: Blessing Mthethwa

				
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