by Siyabonga Gema, HST Communications Officer
HST prides itself on the calibre of talent it attracts, which in turn benefits the communities that we serve in partnership with the Department of Health (DoH). This is evident from the depth of knowledge and skills our colleagues possess, setting us apart from other organisations within the health sector. One such talent, HST's Clinical Advisor Nomcebo Mtimkulu, recently spoke to the Communications Unit and gave us insight into her professional and personal life.
What is your designation and when did you join HST?
I joined HST in October 2016. I joined as a Nurse Clinician and transitioned into the role of Adolescent and Youth Friendly Services (AYFS) Co-ordinator. Thereafter, I took up the position of Special Projects Co-ordinator. During this time, I briefly fulfilled the role of Acting HTS Co-ordinator. I recently took on the role of Clinical Advisor in UMgungundlovu district.
In your view, what sets HST apart from other organisations?
HST's longevity in the health system, our publications that keep people in the Public Health system updated, and the numerous projects that we embark on that are able to respond to and align to the needs of our client, the DoH, and the funders. Most importantly is our ability to find innovative ways to assist and support the communities we serve.
What do you think it would take to improve health service delivery?
Advocating for our patients, treating people with dignity, and executing our duty with integrity. Also being accountable to ourselves, each other, and the communities we serve. Involving our communities in decision making, especially when it comes to the services we render will also improve health service delivery. We should also work together as stakeholders to provide holistic care to our people. HST has adopted the approach to empower the stakeholders that we support with sustainable strategies aimed at improving every pillar of the HIV cascade for adults, adolescents, and paediatrics.
What gives you fulfilment in your role at HST?
The autonomy with which I am able to carry out my duties and deliver on my mandate gives me great fulfilment. It gives me great satisfaction to work with such a dynamic and innovative team. This translates into improved health outcomes for the clients accessing the services.
How do you strike the work-life balance?
My work life flows seamlessly into my home life, and it's true what they say, "when you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life".
What's next for Nomcebo?
I am planning to further my studies, to enhance my skills and knowledge base in Public health. The following quote by Pele is a fitting description of my work journey: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do".
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