Jonathan finds the positive in a pandemic

Tygerberg Hospitals Jonathan Abrahams.

Jonathan Abrahams, of Bishop Lavis, delivers blood specimens to laboratories for analyses. He is this week’s Tygerberg Hospital Hero Amongst Us. 

The campaign highlights the efforts of hospital employees inspiring others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Abrahams says Covid-19 made him realise you can’t buy health, no matter how much money you have.

“During lockdown, I realised that people come first, and my joy and pleasure comes from doing the things I love,” he says.

“When I come to work, I know I am going to try and make a difference by being positive in my work area and by making someone happy. I come to work with a positive frame of mind which will eventually rub off on the people around me.

“When I engage with people, I make use of the opportunity to change that person’s life even if it is for just a moment. I want to know that when people will speak about their experience at Tygerberg Hospital they must say, ‘Yes, Covid-19 was tough, but I am glad I was treated there and not any other hospital.’ My place of work, Tygerberg Hospital, must be the silver lining to a not-so-good experience.”

Covid-19, he says, has forced everyone to do some introspection and learn about ourselves, our family and our colleagues.

“It has its challenges, disadvantages and even death, but we must be positive. Once we make it out of the storm, we must then live a meaningful life and have positive interactions with all people around us.”