I had a 2 year old child, who came to me with second degree burns that affected 50% of his left hand. After the third treatment the child was completely healed and had started to use his hand. The mom thanked me for not blaming her for the child’s accident.
Sister Thandi Shadung – Unjani Clinic Olievenhoutbos, opened May 2016.
I performed CPR on an unconscious child and the patents thanked me for saving their only child. My advice to aspiring clinic owners it takes a powerful and strong woman to start a business like this. Perseverance and team work will help you succeed.
Sister Vatiswa Jingqi – Unjani Clinic Buhle Park, opened January 2015.
I met a teenage girl in March 2016 who had not been to school since January and had seen different doctors, been to the clinic and had been admitted several times to hospital for tension headaches. I spoke to the girl privately without her parents and found she was about to kill herself. I counselled the girl and the family and did a follow up home visit. The girl has gone back to school and is doing well in her studies. I’ve realised that not only am I a nurse but also a social worker and counsellor.
Sister Phindile Nkosi – Unjani Clinic Windmill Park, opened October 2014.
I had a critical patient who refused to go to hospital due to a previous experience. My full assessment indicated that the patient was in cardiac and kidney failure. I spent time with him explaining the diagnosis and the complications, and he eventually agreed to go to hospital. He was admitted to ICU and high care for a month. When he was discharged he came to show us his medication and his follow up dates, and he thanked the clinic for saving his life after suffering for a long time.
Sister Philisiwe Modise – Unjani Clinic Tokoza, opened March 2015.
I helped a lady that had been diagnosed with depression to cope with daily living. She has become a different person and was very grateful for our help. She came with a proposal to start a support group for depressed and stressed women. We are now trying to organise such a group. I believe that touching one life at a time will lead to a happy community. I hope to expand the services offered at the clinic to include social and maternity services. It pains my heart to hear the experiences that some women have at the hands of uncaring nurses during child birth. I hope to have an ambulance to transfer patients to hospital and to open an adolescent center to keep the youth off the streets and to help them understand healthy living from an early age.
Sister Martha Modiba – Unjani Clinic Klipfontein, opened February 2015.