Meet Olivia Pharo: Nurse who used her pension to open community clinic

Meet Olivia Pharo: Nurse who used her pension to open community clinic

A nurse used her pension to open a clinic to help her community with affordable medical care.

Olivia Pharo retired from her nursing job at the Wesfleur Hospital, South Africa, after 24-years. However, instead of using her pension to enjoy retirement, the 49-year-old mother of two opened a clinic in Atlantis, over 50 kilometres outside Cape Town.

News24 reported that the medical establishment, which is named Sister Pharo's Clinic, aims to provide affordable care to the community.

"It is my goal to offer a one-stop service that speaks to the needs of the whole community from Atlantis and its surrounding areas," she said. learned the clinic provides consultations, child healthcare, women's health, minor trauma, occupational health services and also has a 'dial-a-nurse for frail care patients'.

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Meet Olivia Pharo: Nurse uses her pension to open community clinic
Meet Olivia Pharo: Nurse uses her pension to open community clinic. Photo credit: Olivia Pharo/Facebook.

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Pharo said nursing is her passion, dubbing it her 'calling.' She said she resigned from her position as assistant manager at Wesfleur because she "no longer wanted to work under those conditions".

She said her goal was to open a facility that offers "comprehensive quality and affordable healthcare".

Pharo used her pension to open the clinic, but News24 reported an investor has since offered assistance after hearing her inspirational story. Her story inspired South Africans, who praised Pharo for her kindness.

Diane Seale commented: "WOW what a wonderful being, so passionate about the quality care of her community. You are the Chosen One... Courageous & compassionate. Truly One of a kind. Many Blessings going forward. So proud of you."

Bradley Arendse added: "Amazing man Atlantis applauds you and daughter of the soil. She is selfless not self serving urma g."

Nadinè-Na'eema Botha-van Rheede wrote: "Wow I am so proud of you. When God shows up he shows up! You are the daughter of the King!!!!"

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Meanwhile, a young Indian boy named Derek Lalchhanhima has won over the admiration of many people with his action. He was said to have offered 10 rupees to medical staff to help a chick he had accidentally hit with his bike. This deed of genuine concern was recognised after a family friend posted a photo taken by a nurse on Facebook.

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