MTN South Africa has sponsored a multi-media centre worth R1.2 million for the training of nurses at the College of Nursing sub-campus of Grey’s Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Through its corporate social responsibility arm, MTN SA Foundation, the company handed over a high-tech computer laboratory with 41 computers, free data and specialised 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.

This is the ninth college that the company has sponsored and, according to MTN SA, the initiative has resulted in a massive academic improvement for nursing students.

Senior Manager at MTN SA Foundation, Angie Maloka, said that it is important to learn with images when talking about nursing content and, as such, the company has provided content that is interactive.

“When they’re speaking about the lungs, for example, they’ll be able to see the lungs in a 3D scan and 3D image so they’ll able to internalise it,” said Maloka.

Maloka noted that the foundation has seen significant results through similar initiatives at other colleges, especially on the subjects that are difficult, like physiology and anatomy, where the average performance was 40% improved to a 90% pass rate.

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the donation come at the right time, when there are plans 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.

“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. 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,” said Dr Dhlomo.

“We are very grateful that we’ve received this support, at a sub-campus that is already excelling. This is also important in terms of our programmes that we have in the country, where we are going electronic in terms of patients’ records. Therefore, getting our nurses to benefit in their undergraduate training by being exposed to computer labs and also getting some of their programmes into the computer where they can easily do demos is something that is amazing,” concluded Dr Dhlomo.

Maloka said the company will consider sponsoring more colleges, budgets permitting.

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