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Minister reminds graduates of core duty


Limpho Sello

THE provision of quality healthcare requires professionals who are compassionate, dedicated and honourable, according to the Health Minister, Pinkie Manamolela.

Dr Manamolela made the remarks at the 15th National Health Training College (NHTC) graduation ceremony held on Friday, during which 272 students were capped.

The minister reminded the graduating nurses, social workers and nursing assistants about their core duty of saving lives, which she said should be done with understanding and kindness.

Dr Manamolela also said the graduates should take services to the community and ensure patients feel welcome each time they visit hospitals and clinics.

“I assure you that patients will not forget you when you receive them with care and compassion,” said Dr Manamolela.

According to the minister, the NHTC had 65 students when it was established in 1989, but now has an enrolment of over 500, which she said was testimony of its relevance to the country’s needs.

She added: “The symbol of our progress is hosting Lesotho’s first medical school which, after accreditation, will mark the growth of this college in terms of reputation.”

Dr Manamolela further said the graduates must thank the government for sponsoring their education by repaying their loans on time.

“I’m confident that you will make a difference by promoting good health in our various communities.”

The NHTC Director General, Shahida Tarr, appealed to the graduates to not to lose their morals when they enter the job-market.

“We are celebrating those who bring, not only technology and training but also humanity to the workplace. You must realise that you need to serve in humanity and selflessness,” Dr Tarr said.

On his part, National University of Lesotho Acting Vice-Chancellor, Mafa Sejanamane, said the graduates must be aware that they would be dealing with vulnerable people who need utmost care.

“When you get to your new workplace, you need to manage your attitudes since we do not want nurses full of arrogance,” Professor Sejanamane said.

“You must remember that patients are human beings not tools, so you must always treat them with humanity and empathy.”

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