- Sister Madenia Hoosain started working at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1986
- After working in the paediatric ward for 10 years, she wanted to assist her community and worked for 20 years for school health services in Manenburg on the notorious Cape Flats
- During her time there, she’s had to dodge bullets, but still volunteers during her off time to wash the elderly
The popular saying goes, ‘some heroes don’t wear capes’ and nowhere is this more accurate than in the case of Sister Madenia Hoosain.
She joined Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 1986 and worked in the paediatric ward for nearly ten years.
Driven by the need to assist her community, she left the hospital and started working at school health services in Manenberg on the notorious Cape Flats.
Hoosain vividly recalled a harrowing ordeal one day while working at the centre.
She said, “One of my worst experiences was when I had to duck to avoid the bullets flying over the playground. The children knew and they were trying to protect me. They screamed ‘Sister duck’.”
Hoosain was rewarded for her dedication and promoted to deputy manager of nursing. She’s been working in Manenburg for 20 years.
The kind-hearted sister volunteers of her own spare time to wash the elderly and does dressings.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Hoosain has registered with the Child Protection National list with a view to opening a safe house for abused babies.
Hoosain was honoured by the Heroes of Groote Schuur Facebook group on Thursday and many Facebook users joined in to praise her.
Ronald Tamlin commented, “What a wonderful woman and going the extra mile in her nursing career... she puts her patients before herself.”
Soma Van Heerden Blatherwick said, “Great work Madenia and very inspirational. Keep up the passion for your community.”
Mxolis Dyalivane added, “Well done indeed Mrs Hoosain and thank you for ensuring that, our communities comes first. Big Up Sister Hossain and we proud of you for displaying such enthusiasm and dedication. May Almighty Bless You sisi.”
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