UKZN’s Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Miriam Adhikari, received an Annual Service Excellence Award from KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, in recognition of her overall contribution to health care in the field of Paediatrics.
Adhikari said she was honoured and humbled by the accolade: ‘You cannot do this work without the support of others and my strongest support comes from my husband and two children. They are more excited about the award than I am!’
Adhikari also acknowledged staff in her department and three Professors she works with in the Paediatrics section: Professor Patrick Smythe, Professor Allie Moosa and Professor Jerry Coovadia. She also acknowledged her Obstetrics colleagues: Professor Hugh Philpott, Professor Ronald Green-Thompson, and Professor Jack Moodley.
She thanked the advanced midwives who are key figures involved in the care of mothers and their babies and expressed concern for current maternal and child health services, saying a lot more needed to be done to improve them.
Adhikari is a Scientific Advisor for the Postgraduate Office of the School of Clinical Medicine, working with undergraduate and postgraduate students
She is also a Paediatrician and a registered Neonatologist. She had a special interest in paediatric nephrology.
Adhikari, who has trained nurses for many years, said her main focus was to address the management of mothers and babies by nurses.