Nursing Students Promote Hygiene in Cato Crest
Maintaining good personal hygiene can help prevent the spread and development of infections. This was one of the main messages imparted by second-year Nursing students to Mayville Primary school pupils during a workshop held recently.
The students presented the workshop as part of their community engagement programme under the supervisions of their lecturers, Mr Ntandazo Dlatu and Dr Mbali Mhlongo.
Despite the informative messages, the pupils of the Cato Crest school also received goodies which included soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, toilet rolls and sanitary pads for girls.
During the workshop, the students touched on topics like hand washing, mouth care, pad insertion and scabies. They also performed poems for the children and a role play where they focused on the trouble of puberty and bullying.
‘Maintaining personal hygiene is necessary for many reasons,’ Ms Charlotte Marshall told learners. ‘Personal, social, health, psychological or simply as a way of life. Keeping a good standard of hygiene helps to prevent the development and spread of infections, illnesses and bad odours,’ she continued.
‘We targeted grade sevens in particular because many of them are going through puberty and their bodies are changing which requires new hygiene needs,’ said Ms Gebisile Miya.
The students also donated posters from the presentation to the school so that the learners could pass on their new knowledge to the rest of the primary school.
Words and photograph by: Nombuso Dlamini