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The life of a trauma nurse

Yvonne Mooka

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Being a trauma nurse is no child’s play, according to Kutlo Dikgole who has been with Bamalete Lutheran Hospital since last year January.

She is however adamant that nursing is her calling. She studied Bachelors in Nursing Science with the University of Botswana.The 31-year-old woman from Kanye states that working for Emergency Department is the most traumatic life experience she has ever encountered.

Also known as an accident and emergency department (A&E) emergency room (ER), emergency ward (EW) or casualty department, is a medical treatment facility specialising in emergency medicine, the acute care of patients who present without prior appointment; either by their own means or by that of an ambulance.

She deals mostly with people involved in car accidents, those involved in fights, rape victims-both young and old, among others. “A lot of it happens during month end around 2am. Sometimes a five-year-old is brought to us raped by a stranger because her parents left her unattended. Couples fight and kill, a lot of times alcohol is involved,” she says.

It is never an easy sight for her. “Sometimes people stab each other and intestines come out, or leak. It is not easy. With road accidents, sometimes we find their broken hands and legs scattered all over the place. Or people still strapped inside cars,” she says.She adds that they work hand-in-hand with the police. She handles dead people almost every day. Sometimes their bodies are brought to them by family members to be certified dead. Sometimes patients die in her hands.

“Losing a patient is the worst experience ever. Though it happens every day, one cannot say she is used to it. Imagine trying to save someone’s life and he or she dies before your eyes,” she says. What is even more painful is having to break the news to the deceased’s family, according to Dikgole.

But how does she deal with emotions involved? She says that it is her faith in God that keeps her going. She reveals that when she was still doing internship, she would see fellow interns faint because of what they saw. “But still, the trauma is real. You look strong in front of people but when you get home, you feel it,” she says.

Advising young people that would like to go into nursing, Dikgole says that they should put passion before money. “Being a nurse is a calling. You serve with passion. People will insult, just smile at them. At the end, they are going to thank you for helping them,” she says. Dikgole is currently studying for Masters in Paediatric Nursing with UB.

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Kanye born actress on SA’s ‘The throne’

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Kanye born star, Koketso Mophuting managed to grow her acting career to greater heights after securing a role in Isibaya and is now an actress on South Africa’s weekly drama, The Throne.

The Throne is a television drama centred on the Kwena royal family, which portrays a vicious power struggle on which every family member desperately tries to serve their own interest. The drama airs from Monday to Thursday on DSTV channel 161. Her acting career began a long time ago, through her taking part in the local drama ‘Thokolosi’ in which she played Katlego.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, passionate Mophuting said that it is never easy to wave Botswana’s flag high in the congested South African entertainment industry, but that will not deter her from achieving her dreams.

“Nothing good ever comes without hard work, I encourage local artists to work hard enough to build their own legacies,” she said.The 29-year old actress took part in a short film that was produced under her newly formed production company but has not been screened yet.

Mophuting also played ‘Gugu’ on Single Mothers and she had appeared on a television production called The Bantu Hour.Mophuting will be seen playing the role of Sethunya, a character in which she uses her beauty and charm to acquire better things for herself. “It is an exciting year to grow my brand and mostly my acting career,” she said. The Throne is a production by Ferguson Films owned by Connie and Shona Ferguson.

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BATSWANA BAD AT SEX

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For a long time, majority of Batswana have been shying away from holding conversations about sex and according to local author, Kagiso Bareki, many relationships and marriages do not last because of poor sex life.

Speaking during Gamaila Authors Empowerment Session and Exhibition, Bareki hinted that bad sex has destroyed majority of marriages and love affairs, hence he saw the need to write his book dubbed ‘Sex and Intimacy,’ which mainly teaches people how to have sex.

He has written 16 books, mainly Christian books and some novels. He encourages authors to keep writing books and confidently shares that writing books has destroyed his ability to work for someone else, as it is a career on its own.

Bareki said he wrote his most talked about book ‘Sex and Intimacy’ after he realised that majority of Batswana are bad at having sex, both men and women. “We have never been taught how to have sex, we have been taught how to communicate and how to budget but not how to have sex. The book I wrote capitalises on ‘how to,’ that couples need to properly do the foreplay, massages and know how to kiss during sex,” he said.

Asked whether there is a specific gender that needs to be taught how to have sex Bareki said that all genders are affected.“Re na le mathata. This sex issue is wrecking marriages and love affairs. Sex is a topic that we often avoid because some are just ashamed to speak about it openly, yet it is important,” he added.

Bareki has challenged married couples to create a proper environment for sex, further stating that there are things specifically designed for sex, such as enhancements, food and sex furniture that accommodate many sexual positions. “There are foods to eat during sex, yet many couples do not eat during sex,” said Bareki. He also said the book includes rules of sexual enjoyment, vaginal dryness and many other interesting topics.

He shared with authors that he promotes his books through the internet and that he has already sold 10 000 copies. Other authors who graced the event were Koziba Sebina, who is a professional speaker and international success coach, Belinda Lekone who spoke about her book, ‘Against all Odds’ and Member of Parliament for Kanye South Abram Kesupile.

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