Occupational health medical centre opens

2017-04-27 06:02
Dr Siya Ngcobo at the Marburg Occupational Centre.PHOTO: supplied

Dr Siya Ngcobo at the Marburg Occupational Centre.PHOTO: supplied

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THE South Coast’s first occupational health centre has opened in Marburg.

Located in the Marburg industrial area Siyalonda Occupational Health Medical Centre is founded by doctor and occupational health specialist, Siya Ngcobo.

Ngcobo said years of experience in the medical profession made him see a gap in the treatment of workplace injuries and work-related illnesses.

“While working as a GP in my own practice and also in private and public hospital casualty wards I found that things like injuries on duty and unnecessary absenteeism could be prevented if one actually looked at where these illnesses came from,” said Ngcobo.

He said he found that some illnesses such as chest infections and skin disorders were often encountered by working with certain chemicals or being exposed to certain fumes in the workplace, which were overlooked. These and other similar instances, Ngcobo said, endangered workforces and slowed productivity.

He said while the centre will assist mainly employers, individual patients can also visit.

“The vision of Siyalonda is to identify and facilitate the removal of impediments to a healthy workforce as well as create an environment that facilitates a holistic approach to the growth and wellness of the employees of the company.

“Some of the services we will provide are entry medicals, which are required and essential for specific jobs, tests and screenings as well as mobile clinics,” he said.

Ngcobo, who comes from KwaMashu moved to the Margate in 2013 and said he enjoys the tranquil and less criminal infested break of the South Coast.

“I became a medical doctor because I grew up with a sickly sibling who was constantly in and out of hospital. My passion arose from watching as we constantly had to wait in long queues for medical assistance. Seeing the gap in the region for occupational health motivated me to specialise in the field,” he said.

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