U’hage doctor receives national award

2016-10-20 06:00
Dr Logan Naidoo Photo: SUPPLIED

Dr Logan Naidoo Photo: SUPPLIED

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The Medical Association of South Africa has announced local general practitioner, Dr Logan Naidoo, as the winner of the category “Service to Community”.

Much of this accolade is attributed to his work in the HIV field and in the managed care environment. The UDIPA Life Centre, where Dr Naidoo is situated, is recognized as a Centre of Excellence in HIV.

“Approximately 20 years ago, we as GPs were faced with a daunting task. It was a time when a most diabolical virus was being encountered, it was a time when we first started to see the most terrifying and vicious syndromes, a time when treatment options were few and almost out of our grasp,” said Dr Logan Naidoo.

“To add to this burden the authorities were in denial and could not see this health tsunami approaching. We had to take some decisive action.”

Dr Naidoo gathered together a team of dedicated medical practitioners and started a centre dedicated to HIV research. By divine intervention they were able to acquire ARVs through an United States funded grant.

The team comprising Drs. Kammies, Moolman, Hugo, Bhyat and specialist pathologist Dr Kasongo set about the task of dipping into the HIV murky waters.

Soon they added a social worker, a psychologist and devoted nurses to form a multi-disciplinary team.

“With no state provision of ARVs, we somehow managed to treat anyone (even non-medical aid patients). In time we developed adequate expertise and we can proudly announce that our adherence was amongst the highest in South Africa and that no baby was born positive amongst the thousands of deliveries,” said Naidoo.

The nursing team is led by Sister Cheryl Naidoo, who always went the extra mile to assist patients. Presently Sr de Kock and Sr Du Preez continue to do sterling work.

“So this award is really a team effort and must be dedicated to all the devoted Health Care Workers.

“I feel this could be a model as a centre of excellence in any field where local practitioners can be empowered to play a vital role.

“It could well fit into any NHI especially in smaller towns with limited resources.”

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