Second-year Bachelor of Nursing students with their lecturers.

Nursing Students Tackle Drug Abuse in Austerville

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UKZN’s second-year Nursing students conducted an intervention programme aimed at making a positive contribution in the fight against drug abuse in Austerville, Durban, as part of their Community Nursing module.

The students presented their programme at Fairvale Secondary School where they briefed Grade 9 learners about the dangers of taking drugs.

Students Mr Sabelo Ntenza and Ms Snethemba Mhlongo opened proceedings for the day in their role as masters of the ceremony while Ms Vamumusa Ngwane, Ms Minehle Mpanza, Ms Marisha Ramaraj and Ms Neema Muyimu conducted a PowerPoint presentation on drug abuse.

The presentation covered all the different types of drugs found specifically in the community and showed the impact of drug taking on the human body. There was also a short drama presentation on drug abuse.

Guest speaker, Austerville Clinic’s Sister Nomagugu Mlangeni, told learners about services available at the clinic that supports young folk affected by substance abuse. She also covered the important topics of early pregnancy, crime and hygiene.

‘The students identified drug abuse as one of the main problems and an area in which they believe they can make a difference,’ said UKZN lecturer Silingene Ngcobo. ‘The information presented to the learners was simple and easy to understand but at the same time promoted good health and the prevention of illness.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Supplied