Caring disposition pays off

2017-06-20 06:01
Photo: suppliedNomthandazo Ngcobo with a patient.

Photo: suppliedNomthandazo Ngcobo with a patient.

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UPPER Highway mother of two, Nomthandazo Ngcobo (42), has worked at the Hillcrest Aids Centre Respite Unit as a carer for more than a decade.
Despite the long hours and emotionally draining days, she always has a smile on her face.

Ngcobo said she sees her position as a calling rather than a job.

“I first learnt about HIV/Aids while attending one of the Hillcrest Aids Centre’s home-based care training courses. This soon became my calling - I love helping patients and making a difference in the lives of others. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.”

Ngcobo’s day begins early as she has to leave home by 4.15am to catch a taxi by 5am for her 90- minute trip to work every day. She finishes work at 5pm.

“In between her daily duties, there are also often emergencies to be dealt with including transferring patients to hospital, if necessary.
“This also involves contacting the patient’s family which in itself can be a very challenging and time-consuming task.
“If no family member is available then one of our casual carers is contacted to accompany the patient,” she said.

She says her favourite part of her job is when she gets one-on-one time with patients, which is when she gets to know them on a personal level.

“Everyone has such inspirational stories to share and I love getting to know them. Each patient is unique and some love to share, others remain silent.
“When I talk to them it feels as though I am helping them heal emotionally.
“It’s always good to make people feel loved and cared for.”

Apart from loving her job and getting to know the hundreds of patients she has cared for over the past 11 years, Ngcobo says the thing she’s most grateful for is that her job as a carer made her self-sufficient and able to provide for her children.

“I am proud to be a good example to my sons.
“They’ve watch me work hard and see how happy my job makes me. I hope they do something that also makes them happy and where they can make a difference in the lives of others.

“I want to thank Hact for giving me this opportunity - it is with their love, support and care I am able to give back to my community,” she added.

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