At 00.01 on 1st January 2021 there were few South Africans taking joy from the bursting fireworks displays around the world. Many of us saw these displays as inappropriate at a time that we and other nations are faced with a tragic history of the pandemic among our peoples.
Countless families have broken hearts and experience much pain in the loss of a loved family member and dear friends, unexpectedly taken by an unseen enemy. Few have been spared this heartache; there is almost noone who has not lost a friend or a loved one.
Neither have our dedicated and altruistic CPC/Qualicare doctors been spared. They and their loyal staff have been heavily impacted by this curse of a virus.
Many have died.
Others are suffering the acute or long term effects of the disease, and have been forced to close or retire earlier than they had planned, due to the co-morbid conditions and fear they carry. Financially there are members who have been embarrassed and bankrupted.
We all mourn the heart-rending loss of our teachers, our colleagues, our ancillary staff, our dedicated nurses, the pathology personnel, the cleaners at the health establishments, the porters, and the countless menial unseen workers in the healthcare industry who go unnoticed and un-thanked.
Patients have lost their family doctors and doctors to whom they had owed so much for the successful management of their myriad of complaints. Their faith in the wonders of modern medicine has been deeply impacted, such that many are now even doubting the sense and science of vaccination. Our frustration is compounded by the lack of sensible cooperation by the public at large in their disobeying simple rules of hygiene.
In our healing profession, it is important not to become disillusioned in the realisation that our scientists are still grappling with a relatively unknown disease entity. Staying positive is the key to taking the population with us in our united onslaught on this unseen Covid-19 virus.
We need to nurture, cajole, explain and mentor our flock to full healing and prevention.
CPC/Qualicare lowers its eyes in honour of colleagues, paramedics, and associates, who, in our common quest for good health and healing, have been taken from us so suddenly, in many cases without the comfort of family and friends around them in their hour of need. We share with their families and friends the simple solace, that they are remembered.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon 1914.
CPC/Qualicare honours and salutes our members who continue at the coalface regardless of the risk to themselves, in the war with Covid-19.
May 2021 see us break the back of Covid-19, together with the help of the public of our beloved South Africa.
Tony Behrman, Solly Lison & the Qualicare Team