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Limpopo clinic welcomes festive season volunteers

Written by Suprise Nemalale

Student nurses are filing into Limpopo’s Guyuni Clinic to lend a hand during the festive season.

Volunteers said they hoped to help address long clinic lines due to staff being on leave over the festive period (File photo)

Volunteers said they hoped to help address long clinic lines due to staff being on leave over the festive period (File photo)

Two student nurses from the Guyuni area have linked with the local clinic to volunteer during the festive season, gaining valuable work experience and helping lighten the load of nurses, according to Guyuni Clinic assistant nurse Pollah Mushadu.

Volunteer Ndivhudzannyi Makungo, 25, is a third-year nursing student and says she is particularly excited to speak about health issues with youth from her community.

“Volunteering to help around the clinic is a very good thing for me as far as I am concerned because I will be getting a chance to face real people and their real health issues while helping them, especially young people,” Makungo told OurHealth.

“I think it will be easier for young people who will be showing up at the clinic to get help from us as other young people,” Makungo said. “In this time of year, they show up wounded from fights and accidents caused by drinking (and) it will be easier for them to open up to us as their peers.”

“As a student, I also want other young people around the community to have bright future,” said Makungo who worked alongside fellow volunteer Tshilidzi Makhado.

“I see volunteering as an opportunity to give back to my community because there are so many people who will need help this festive season,” said Makhado, who added that she hoped to help alleviate the longer lines at the clinic during the season when so many staff are on leave. “I feel very much honoured to work with staff members from my village clinic.”

Mushadu said that clinic management were grateful for the help.

“We, as the clinic management, are very happy and grateful to these two youngsters for giving their time to help us because we really need all the help we can get,” she said. “We just hope this encourages other young people to see that it is important to help where it’s needed.”

 

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Suprise Nemalale

Suprise Nemalale is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Limpopo's Vhembe Health District.