UKZN Students Help to Put Smiles on Children’s Faces
Yunibo Trust - founded by UKZN Medical students - recently partnered with the Dentistry Discipline and South Africa’s youngest doctor, Dr Sandile Kubheka, to put smiles on faces at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban when they visited its Paediatric Department in celebration of National Children’s Day.
Five paediatric wards and the hospital’s new BHP Billiton Paediatric Centre of Excellence were visited by the UKZN team carrying an assortment of goodie bags, face paint, colouring in books, and oral healthcare products.
The visit was sponsored by Colgate which is affiliated to the Dentistry Discipline; Ms Rumaisa Hassim, a fourth-year Medical student who donated 150 colouring-in books and crayons; Ms Najeeba Kareem, also a fourth-year student who donated snacks on the day; and the children of Dentistry Lecturer, Mrs Rajeshree Moodley, who donated R1 500 worth of stationery.
It was the first Children’s Day event organised by the Yunibo Trust which was founded by Ms Rachel Wilson, Mr Yusuf Khatib and Mr Bonginkosi Mafuze, who are planning something bigger for International Children’s Day next year.
The students said they were overwhelmed by the love and support they received from sponsors, student volunteers and Kubheka and the first lady and ambassador of Yunibo Trust, Ms Gabriella Grobbelaar, who were both special guests.
Kubeka is the country’s youngest doctor, graduating from the MBChB programme at the age of 20.
Grobbelaar (22) of Pinetown, who was born with congenital ventricular septal defect with mitral regurgitation, underwent successful open heart surgery earlier this year championed by the Yunibo Trust and performed by a medical team at EThekwini Hospital and Heart Centre.
The Trust has since assisted another young girl, Ms Nomcebo Thwala (12), to get re-admitted into hospital for treatment to an eye tumour. Thwala had been removed from hospital because her parents were struggling to pay the medical bills.
Discussing the visit to King Edward VIII Hospital, Senior Lecturer and Academic Leader of UKZN’s Dentistry Discipline, Dr Shenuka Singh, said it was important to engage with children and add to their existing knowledge.
Singh and her team promoted oral care and gave out free toothbrushes and toothpaste, while engaging in one-on-one talks with mothers and children about oral hygiene.
Oral Hygienist, Ms Zama Makhanya of Colgate’s Bright Smiles Bright Futures said the hospital visit had been a great initiative which they had been thrilled to support.
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