A Journey of Neliah Lukhere Through DAPP’s Vocational School
Born on valentine’s day of 1994, Neliah grew up in Mzimba district and did her secondary education in Mangochi district. After secondary school she applied for a number of courses including Electrical Installation and Renewable Energy at DAPP’s Mikolongwe Vocational School (MVS), fortunately she was enrolled at the institution in 2013. Whilst in school, she found an attachment at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre district.
Neliah returned to QECH after graduating from MVS in 2015 to continue her attachment/internship. She opted for the same to have more practical experience in her field. Whilst on the internship, she upgraded her education at the University of Malawi’s Polytechnic in Blantyre district where she got her diploma in Electrical and Electronics.
At QECH, she was in the electrical department before being moved to the engineering department. Both departments are under the maintenance section of the referral’s hospital equipment. They are responsible for maintenance of the hospital’s equipment such as CPAP, X-ray and autoclave machines. Together with personnel from their department they extend to other health facilities in their maintenance works which are under QECH.
Neliah is appreciative of the knowledge imparted on her from MVS as it has enabled her to work at QECH as well as a stepping stone when she pursued her diploma at the Polytechnic in 2018. Apart from returns from her job, Neliah feels good to be of use to the community and country through mentainance of the machinery, some of which are lifesaving.