From NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – MTN’s sponsorship of a R1,2 million multi-media centre for the training of nurses in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Province is anticipated to result in improved public healthcare service delivery through the production of suitably equipped and skilled personnel.
The Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg is the beneficiary of the facility.
It includes a high-tech computer laboratory with 41 computers, free data and specialized anatomy and physiology online learning software for the more than 400 nursing students.
The laboratory also consists of two interactive whiteboards, two laptops and two printers. Lecturers have also been trained in its use.
According to MTN South Africa, this is the ninth such donation in the country.
Everywhere that it has been launched, the initiative leads to a massive academic improvement with nursing students averaging a 90 percent pass mark in challenging subjects such as physiology and anatomy.
“This generous gesture will go a long way in the strengthening modern ways of teaching and learning of our nursing students as it fosters modern and technological teaching methodologies in the education and training of the nurses,” lauded KZN Member of the Executive Committee (MEC): Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo.
“The computers donated by MTN will contribute immensely towards the development of competent and efficient nurses who are able to use technology when they are qualified,” Dhlomo added.
He said the donation came in handy with plans afoot for the KZN College of Nursing to receive accreditation by the Council of Higher Education and the South African Nursing Council to offer new nursing qualifications.
Angie Maloka, Senior Manager at MTN SA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the cellphone network giant, said they had seen a significant improvement, especially on the subjects that are difficult, like physiology and anatomy, where the average performance was 40 percent.
At the moment, they are reporting a 90 percent pass rate, she said.
“And that’s comforting for us, to say, we’ve contributed towards the training of nurses who are going to provide quality care at the end of the day, so that the patients they’ll be encountering, when they’re working, they’ll be able to benefit and be looked after by nurses who’ve received quality training,” Maloka said.
– CAJ News