15 April 2016 Volume :4 Issue :15

Father and Twin Daughters Obtain Health Sciences Degrees

Father and Twin Daughters Obtain Health Sciences Degrees
Mr Salem Kharwa and his daughters.

A Durban father and twin daughters all graduated with degrees from the College of Health Sciences (CHS).

The twins, Tasnim and Yasmin Kharwa, were awarded Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology degrees while their dad, Mr Salem Kharwa, who is a UKZN School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences Anatomy staff member, received a Master of Medical Science degree.

They were all excited to share the special occasion together as a family.

The twins were invited to become members of the Golden Key International Honour Society that recognises top achievers at UKZN, while Yasmin’s group won the Best Research Project Award sponsored by A.B Clemons at the CHS final-year Awards Ceremony.

‘Being twins, we shared all the most important moments of our lives together and we still have a very strong bond now as adults,’ said Tasnim. ‘The family’s motivation has been love, close family bonds and dreams of success.

‘Our dad has also been a massive motivation for us.’

Salem’s thesis, supervised by Dr Onyemaechi Azu and co-supervised by Dr Edwin Naidoo, was titled: “Hepatic Histomorphologic Changes Following Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy and the Intervention of Hypoxis Hemerocarlidea in an Experimental Animal Model”.

The twins are currently completing their community service, registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa as Speech Therapists and enjoying the experience and work exposure.

‘Our prospects for the future include gaining as much work exposure as possible to become fully skilled clinicians as well as continuing our professional development through workshops and research,’ said Yasmin.

Lunga Memela 

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