Pioneer in Cape Town’s pathology service sector dies

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The death of a man described as a pioneer in the pathology service sector has been described as a loss to not only those who looked to him as a mentor but an entire community he served beyond his medical competencies. According to a Cape Argus report, Dr Nasser Mia, a board member of Pathcare Pathology Services and a founder of Pathcare (Drs Dietrich, Voigt, Mia and Partners) died at his home last Sunday after suffering from cardiac-related problems.

The 61-year-old father of two is survived by his wife Miriam and son Naseen and daughter Sarah. He was buried on the day of his death in accordance with Muslim rights.

Colleagues who worked with Mia at the Melomed Gatesville Hospital held a memorial service for him on Wednesday.

“Dr Nasser Mia will be fondly remembered by his staff, colleagues and the wider community of Gatesville that he has served passionately for the past 15 years,” said hospital manager, Henry Hendricks. “He started at the then Gatesville Medical Centre with a staff of 12, which grew to 38 and is still expanding. Dr Mia played a leading role in rolling out the discounted pathology services to the Cape Flats area and he was involved in many community initiatives.

“Dr Mia will be remembered for his benevolent nature, always showing goodwill and having a tender and considerate nature to all.”

CEO of Pathcare, John Douglas said Mia joined Pathcare in 2001 and was based in Cape Town and went from being a partner to an executive member and board member. “He helped look for opportunities to expand in Africa and was instrumental in the establishment of Pathcare in Kenya and Nigeria.

“He had a very big heart, he looked after everyone around him, he created strong bonds with everyone. He looked after people who could not do so for themselves, whether by buying coffee for someone at the hospital or putting someone through school to get an education. He himself came from a small town and understood the importance of helping someone get an opportunity.”

Cape Argus report (subscription needed)

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