TAKING time to visit the sick in hospitals, apart from receiving blessings, also works effectively in comforting the patients.
This was said yesterday by a teacher from Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere Primary School, Marco Mgowele, who said that though it might seem like a chore to someone, visiting a sick person in hospital really could make a difference to their health.
Mr Mgowele who was accompanied by pupils from the school who presented gifts to patients at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam said by spending time with the patients, it shows that their lives are valuable, adding that visiting the sick is mainly performed on a voluntarily basis.
“The purpose of our visit is to reflect on shared feeling with the sick person and to spend some warm quality time with them, providing them with inspiration and positive feelings that can help them fight their sickness and get well soon, and at the same time allow the children to learn the meaning of compassion,” said Mr Mgowele who is also the Academic Master at the school.
He said that apart from giving them gifts so that they can also celebrate Eid celebrations, the visit also intended to show the patients that the community was standing with them.
One of the pupils, Nyasolo Mgumba, said that the school has taught them that it was important to stand with the sick because they are also human and in need of comfort.
She said it was important for other schools and institutions to emulate the move and visit patients in hospital, because the visit means a lot to them.
One of the patients who requested anonymity said that the visit by the pupils has brightened their day, which also comforted them to know that the community is standing with them during their trying moment.
The gifts from the school included drinking water, milk, soap and petroleum jelly.