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Nurses celebrating International Nursing Day, on Friday, at Michael Maphongwana Community Health Centre, in Harare, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni mASEKO

Nurses celebrating International Nursing Day, on Friday, at Michael Maphongwana Community Health Centre, in Harare, Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni mASEKO

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Nurses at the Michael Maphongwana Community Health Centre took time off to celebrate the annual International Nurses Day on Friday.

This year’s theme was: ‘Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’.

Khanyisa Jacobs, the facility manager at the clinic, said this was an important day as it encourages nurses to uphold their responsibilities.

“This day serves as a reminder to us of our responsibilities... It encourages us to keep on serving our communities. We are in the forefront of the challenges that residents face.

Some patients do not acknowledge the work that we do and we do get complementary letters from other patients who are happy with the services they receive.”

Jacobs said the clinic has since come up with a plan to open an after hours service so that the youth could feel free to visit the clinic.

“Some youths choose not to come to clinics during the day, because they are afraid that they would bump into adults they know.

After hours, they will have the privacy they desire. It is important to visit clinics so that one would get help immediately. We have also noticed that TB (Tuberculosis) and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infections are on the rise among young people.

It seems that the youth still do not have much information about sexually transmitted diseases,” she added.

During the ceremony on Friday, the nurses lit candles and read a pledge promising to continue serving the community.

Pastor Noloyiso Mtiba-Dube, who is also the Deputy Principal at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School, who was invited as a guest speaker at the event, asked the nurses to serve with passion regardless of the challenges they face.

“This is a profession that needs someone who is called. Do it with love and passion. There will be challenges whether you do right or bad. Excel in what you do. Your hands are anointed. Make sure that you empower yourself with more skill and grow, because once you stop growing you will become jealous of those that are growing,” Mtiba-Dube said.

The event was also attended by representatives from Old Mutual who advised the nurses about the importance of saving and sticking to their budgets.

The International Nurses Day is named in memory of Florence Nightingale who was born on 12 May 1820 and is respected and honoured for “changing the face of nursing from mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well respected medical profession” as well as turning the nursing profession into patient centred work.

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