Young pharmacists passionate about the elderly
By Zolile Mate
Buffalo Flats Assistant Pharmacist, Shaneeze Orie (25) is using her professional knowledge and expertise to reduce stress and give medical advice to the elderly of her community.
As a pharmacist at the Frere hospital, Orie has chosen the DJ Sobey Old Age Home as her outreach centre when she gives oral education, taking medication the right way and importance of hygiene.
“As a child growing up in Buffalo Flats, I saw it important to start this project with the assistance of my colleagues at the hospital. Our grandmothers and grandfathers have always faced many health-related challenges such as poor memory, diabetes and not enough love from us as their children,” said Orie. “The bible states that when we grow up, our minds will become like the minds of children, so we need to aware of the type of assistance they need,” she said.
The young lady’s main aim is for the elderly to know that they are loved, to stay healthy and for them to need less medical attention in their later years. The pharmacists work hand in hand with the staff of the old age home. “This is my first project; the mission is to help more communities.”
Kovin Pillay, a pharmacist at Frere hospital says health is important and determines the quality of life that we live, which is why he has decided to join Orie on this commendable mission.“Health information is key and vital to reduce the disease burden of our country. We routinely organise such events to take health information directly to our people. This is in hope of reducing the strain on the already burdened public health care system. We also have the support of the pharmacy department,” said Pillay.
The DJ Sobey old age home nurses have shown appreciation of this initiative as it lessens the burden on their work.