MEC has stethoscope ready to do his job as doctor

2014-01-24 00:00

WHEN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo went to Phoenix yesterday with Premier Senzo Mchunu and other ANC leaders, he was there to campaign for the ruling party ahead of next month’s two by-elections.

But, Dhlomo, a medical doctor by profession, also took time out to help a man suffering from an ailment.

When the ANC delegation met a Phoenix family and Dhlomo noticed one of the family members, Kevin Padayachee, was displaying signs of severe skin disease which has affected his arms, legs and other body parts.

After listening to the family’s problems, Dhlomo took out his stethoscope from one of his pockets and diagnosed Padayachee on the sidelines of the election campaign.

Dhlomo, who is ANC eThekwini regional chairperson, said his diagnosis was that Padayachee was an asthmatic patient and suffered from a skin disease brought on by allergies.

“I want to write him a letter to give to the clinic where he can get treatment,” he said afterwards.

Dhlomo said he was merely doing his work as a medical doctor and would not turn away from those requiring medical care and advice. “I always carry my stethoscope because I may find people who may need my medical advice so I should not be found wanting,” he said.

Padayachee, who had some church leaders praying for him, said he was overwhelmed after Dhlomo came to him and put up the stethoscope on his chest.

“I have been to Mahatma Gandhi and King Edward VIII hospitals. They said I have psoriasis and they gave me some ointments and creams to cool down the psoriasis. It is itchy when it is hot,” said the 32-year-old father of two who is on sick leave while trying to treat his illness.

He said Dhomo had promised to follow up on his medical records and see what needed to be done.

Dhlomo has done this before.

When he was returning from an ANC anniversary event in Nelspruit, he came to the assistance of a truck driver whose vehicle had crashed in northern KZN two weeks ago.

Last year, he helped three boys who were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Umzumbe on the South Coast after other motorists passed by without offering any help.

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