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Anglian Ruskin University (ARU) nursing student, Temitope (Temi) Babajide, undertook a 21-day nursing elective placement to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital in Takoradi in Ghana, as part of her second year placement.

Temi raised over £950 before travelling, using the funds to support an orphanage and purchase Malaria and HIV test kits for the patients abroad. She was also given items to donate to the hospital on behalf of Basildon.

Temi (pictured, third from left) said: “Basildon provided me with sharps boxes, gloves, sanitisers, a vital observation machine, Clinell clean indicators notes, among many other useful clinical items and equipment. These items were beneficial when I organised free health checks for widows during a village healthcare experience.”

During her stay, she was given the student nurse of the year award, as the hospital had noticed the positive impact she had made on the staff and patients.

At the time of Temi’s visit, Nkwanta Hospital was undergoing an assessment, similar to Basildon’s CQC inspection. The kit donation was a major contribution as it helped improve their rating from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

Ms Adriana Yankum, principal nursing officer at Nkwanta Hospital, said: “The entire staff and clients of our A&E department are very thankful for your support.”

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