High praise: Doctor honoured for Positive, Caring Attitude

2012-11-15 00:00

EDENDALE Hospital Hall broke into jubilation as the name of one of the most popular doctors was called out.

Patients stood on their feet to dance and ululated as their favourite communicable diseases clinic (CDC) doctor, Dr Phindile Xengxe, walked onto the stage to receive an award in the “Positive and Caring Staff Attitude” awards ceremony yesterday.

He also won a weekend away to Didima Resort in Drakensberg.

The hospital honoured staff who exude a positive and caring attitude, and all the 55 nominees were handpicked by their patients.

Patients could not stop talking about Xengxe.

Princess Ndlovu, from Willowfountain, said he saved her life.

Ndlovu said: “I was very sick after I had a stroke.

“I couldn’t do anything, but he fought for my life.”

Ndlovu said Xengxe became her friend when she was facing death.

And when she lost her job, Xengxe helped her find another.

“He let me cry in his presence and said it was okay,” she added.

Another patient, Jabulile Mpikwa, said Xengxe treated them with respect and helped her a lot.

Xengxe said that he was ecstatic about the recognition from the patients.

“You only realise what you’re doing when patients tell you.

But that’s what we come here to do,” he said.

Even though his dream was to become an engineer, he has grown to love his job.

His parents forced him to choose medicine. Xengxe said that many of his patients travel long distances to fetch their medication.

Seeing patients who came to him frail and left able to dance the way they did yesterday was a highlight for him.

The other award recipients were nurses Nobulumko Nkonzo, Lindisipho Makamba and hospital assistant Stanley Madlala, who has worked at the admitting office for 35 years.

“I didn’t think that my job was that important,” he said.

Nkonzo and Makamba said they were both happy and humbled by the patients’ gesture.

Edendale CEO Zanele Ndwandwe said she believed quality care was best measured by clients.

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