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Limpopo woman takes nursing home

Written by Suprise Nemalale

As a little girl growing up in rural Limpopo, Ndivhudzannyi Makungo dreamed of making a difference in her community’s life. Now a nursing student in Pretoria, Makungo recently had the chance to make her dreams come true.

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Ndivhudzannyi Makungo recently joined the team at Guyani Clinic for her practical training after volunteering at the clinic during December. (File photo)

Ndivhudzannyi recently began her practical training at the local clinic in her native Guyani, about 140 kms east of Lousi Trichardt. A student nurse at Pretoria’s private Thuto Bophelo Nursing Academy, Ndivhudzannyi also spent the festive season volunteering alongside clinic staff.

According to Ndivhudzannyi, working in the clinic has always been a dream and she was thrilled to find that she would be doing her practical training so close to home.

“Getting a chance to work at my home clinic has been my dream,” she adds. “Even though it is only for my practicals, I am grateful because I am able to work with people from my village – I love helping them.”

Ndivhudzannyi’s mother, Maria, says her daughter has not stopped talking about the opportunity.

She was so excited to give her time to help at the clinic last year that I have been praying and hoping for her to get a chance to work … at her favourite clinic,” Maria tells OurHealth. “This opportunity has made her very happy – it’s all she talks about now.”

Pollah Mushadu is an assistant nurse at Guyani Clinic and says the staff were impressed with Ndivhudzannyi’s professionalism even as a volunteer.

“During her volunteering time in December, she was very good with patients,” Mushadu says. “She treated them like she was a qualified nurse and never showed that she was still a learner.”

“It is going to be very easy to work with her because she already knows how to treat patients,” she adds. “We are very grateful to people like her who love working with people.”

About the author

Suprise Nemalale

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