As part of its commitment to connect communities for greater self-reliance and sustainability, the MTN Foundation has donated a fully-equipped computer laboratory to the Free State School of Nursing in Bloemfontein.

The donation forms part of the MTN Foundation 2016 eHealth Training Programme that has seen a number of nursing colleges across SA receiving fully-kitted computer labs.

Initiated in 2014, the programme enables the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, as well as providing computer skills for both lectures and trainee nurses.

In addition, the programme supports the Department of Health to get accreditation for nurse training in its institutions and has been successful in the original beneficiary nursing colleges.

The computer lab is equipped with 41 workstations; a printer; a compujector loaded with digitised curriculum aligned content to selected nursing colleges in SA; an air-conditioner; security systems; an interactive whiteboard; a server; and a modem that supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.

Head of Department for the Free State Department of Health, Dr David Motau, said the computer lab’s importance went beyond training nursing students, as it would also overlap to treat patients, pursue research, track diseases and monitor public health.

“We believe our technology can be used for the benefit of humanity and to help solve social challenges,” said Dr Motau.

General Manager of the MTN SA Foundation, Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, said the donation of the computer laboratory was in line with the company’s mandate to connect communities for greater self-reliance.

“MTN is pleased to partner and support government’s goals of facilitating universal access to primary healthcare. As a caring and responsible corporate citizen, MTN is pleased that it could play a part in capacitating our healthcare system by deploying the power of connectivity to enhance the quality of learning and teaching at nursing institutions and arming healthcare workers with computer skills which are a prerequisite in today’s digital age,” said Mtunzi-Hairwadzi.

“This is MTN SA Foundation making a positive difference in the lives of the communities we operate in,” continued Mtunzi-Hairwadzi.

Other colleges that have benefitted from this initiative include Lilitha College of Nursing in the Eastern Cape, Mmabatho College of Nursing in the North West and Bonalesedi Nursing College in Gauteng.

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