As nurses celebrated International Nurses Day in May, nurses at Standerton Hospital in Mpumalanga under the Gert Sibande Region and Lekwa and Dipaliseng Local closed the nurses’ month in the Community of Sakhile on 31 May. As it was Sunday, nurses joined the congregation of Methodist Church of Southern Africa to Praise and Worship with congregants. Nurses were led by the nursing veteran of Standerton Hospital and a long-time DENOSA member, Sr Mncube.
DENOSA branch chairperson, cde TNC Khumalo was also part of the occasion. DENOSA’s Gert Sibande regional chairperson, Sifiso Mkhatshwa, also joined the force. History of Nursing was shared with the congregation. Nurses’ Pledge and health education on prostate and cervix cancer was delivered by programme sister on Family Planning, Sr TL Radebe. Sr Thomo and Learner Nurse -PN Masuku L/N2 (Bridging Student Final Year) gave a Health Educationon Hypertension and also available careers in Nursing.
After church, health services where provided to the community on a Mobile Clinic, namely: Blood Pressure Monitoring, HGT Monitoring, BMI Monitoring, Eye Screening by a Qualified Specialized Professional Nurse Sr M Hlatshwayo (Eye Clinic Programme Sr). “I'm pleased as a regional leader to see such initiative being implemented at branch levels. Even if i'm a regional leader the point is that I should respect and appreciate the branch leaders which I'm falling under. When this initiative started members came with ideas on how this will be conducted. This was a piloting point; we are still going to do more in the community of Standerton as we want to have good relationship with the community at large and i'm pleading with other Institutions to do what Standerton Hospital nurses have done,” said Sifiso Mkhatshwa, DENOSA regional chairperson.
“We also want to thank the Hospital and PHC Management for opening their hands to provide us with the Mobile Clinic to go to do Community Work during our off days. Nurses are the vital instrument in driving the Health System in our Country and nurses deserve to be Respected and valued in all aspects.”