Fhatuwani Netshipale (middle) is one of the Messina Hospital healthcare workers who was recognized. He is congratulated by Cllr Prince Sakala (left), Gezani Baloyi (CEO of Malamulele Hospital), Joyce Magoro (SANLAM) and Messina Hospital CEO Ntovhedzeni Ligege.

Workers representatives, invited guests and representatives from Musina Municipality concurred that a lot of improvement has been recorded after the appointment of a well-known health practitioner, Mr Ntovhedzeni Ligege as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messina Hospital. This was revealed during the inaugural Messina Hospital Exceptional Awards that took place at the hospital premises recently. The awards are the brainchild of Ligege who said he wanted to inspire workers to work hard to serve local people with courage and determination.

Despite shortage of resources and works force, the hospital recently scooped two district awards (revenue collection and zero maternal deaths) and one provincial award (zero maternal deaths) under Ligege’s leadership. The recent award ceremony was meant to celebrate these achievements and to honour individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their work.

When addressing award recipients, Ligege said he felt there was a need to introduce the award ceremony at the hospital to inspire the work force. “The trophies and certificates we are handing here today should give you courage to do more. When we do more than what is expected of us, it is our communities that benefits more. We all need to enjoy our work and feel comfortable when we are assisting our community members. We are also aware of our challenges but we need to derive opportunities from these challenges to service our communities with diligence.”

Cllr Prince Sakala from Musina Municipality said government is very pleased to see Messina Hospital employees performing and excelling in their respective areas of work. He congratulated award recipients and encouraged them to continue working hard. “We are very proud of you and hope that your achievements will ignite your colleagues to do the same. Those who did not get awards today should never lose hope as this is not the end of everything. There will be more opportunities coming your way to prove your potential in future. I would like to take this wonderful opportunity to thank the CEO, hospital board and management, workers and all stakeholders for taking this institution to new heights and creating a distinct path for the other hospitals to follow.”

Fhatuwani Netshipale is one of the health workers who was recognized for his hard work during the ceremony. He said: “I’m humbled by the awards but I wouldn’t have achieved this without teamwork from my colleagues. We really thank our CEO and his management team for introducing this innovative initiative.