KZN doctors honoured for their dedication

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A number of public service doctors won awards at Kwa-Zulu Natal‘s Annual Service Excellence Awards, including a Pietermaritzburg doctor for creating an Ebola contingency plan and a group of Newcastle doctors who delivered  a baby against great odds.

When the Ebola virus broke out in some parts of Africa last year, Pietermartizburg doctor Logandran Naidoo created a contingency plan to help Grey’s Hospital fight the virus should it spread to KwaZulu-Natal. As a result, his plan was adopted by other hospitals in the province and, says a Sunday Tribune report, this, and a number of other achievements, won him the best public service leader in South Africa at the MEC’s Annual Service Excellence Awards.

Naidoo, who also won best service leader award in the Batho Pele Excellence Awards last year, said he felt incredible about the award, especially because he helped make a difference. The report says he played a role in driving the electronic gatekeepers project, for the reduction of lab costs in the province, and a reduction in hospital-acquired infection in Grey’s Hospital intensive care units.

Also at the ceremony was a group of doctors from Newcastle who beat the odds when they delivered a baby against great odds. Although this was in April, the story is still remembered in wards across Durban. Dr Prem Naicker, Dr Francis Onubeze and Dr Thabani Simelane, said the patient had been admitted with abdominal pain and had to undergo an emergency delivery because the membranes around the baby were ruptured. “There were lots of risk factors but the birth went well and the mother and baby are healthy.”

The MEC of Health in KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, said: “It feels great when I listen to testimonies of patients who have survived due to dedicated doctors. These health-care professionals and their teams need to be recognised.”

Full Sunday Tribune report

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