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Shining the light on Sepsis


Article by: Busani Dlamini (PAY Intern and Wecan24 journalist)

World Sepsis Day is commemorated on 13 September each year and Gillian Adams, Chief Clerk at Treasury arranged a awareness session in honour of her daughter and our colleague Asanda Soyiyo who died due to Sepsis.

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication caused by infection. When a person has Sepsis, the immune system overreacts to the infection (bacterial, fungal or viral) causing tissue and organ damage. If not treated at an early stage, Sepsis can lead to death. There are three stages of this condition; namely Sepsis, Severe Sepsis and ultimately, Septic shock. Septic shock can lead to multiple organ failure including respiratory failure and may cause death.

At the event, the colleagues of Ms Adams assisted her in educating fellow WCG employees and citizens about this complex syndrome. Minister Meyer and the DA’s Deputy Chief Whip, Denis Joseph also cam to find out more about Sepsis and to support the initiative.

There were soaps, pamphlets and lollipops that were handed to anyone who wanted to find out what Sepsis was about and how it can prevented and treated. The purpose of the items was to create awareness of Sepsis and promote good hygiene which is one of the ways of decreasing the chances of contracting Sepsis.

When Ms Adams was asked what motivated the idea of a Sepsis (Septicaemia) awareness campaign, she said that it was the loss of her daughter last year and a former colleague earlier this year to this dreadful illness that motivated her to educate her peers. She also said: “Hospitals do not often talk about it, yet it’s very real.”

For more information on Sepsis, click here.

A special word of thanks from Ms Adams to the following participants in the awareness campaign:

  • Adelaide Jadi
  • Alycia Hartel
  • Ashwill Bosman
  • Busani Dlamini
  • Chemelle Bailey
  • Keenan Zimmerie
  • Mohamed Abbas
  • Nonzwakazi George
  • Taryn Abels


Author: eansteenkamp

I'm the head of communication at Treasury and enjoy working with a group of colleagues who is passionate about their work. I'm an animal lover, love nature and taking short hikes in and around Cape Town

2 thoughts on “Shining the light on Sepsis

  1. very good initiative big up to all the organisers .


  2. The awareness session was a great initiative & I hope that the awareness grows and also that the support for the campaign grows as sepsis is one of the most common yet least recognized illnesses. After losing a close colleague and friend I realised that it is an illness that should be taken serious and with great caution. I feel that prevention is better than cure and that by educating oneself, we are empowering ourselves.


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