Tributes pour in for Mthatha paediatrician

2015-09-11 10:02

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East London - Mthatha's first black paediatrician, who was described by Eastern Cape heath MEC Pumza Dyantyi as a "dynamite small package colossus" for his contribution to his field, is set to be buried this weekend.

Professor Zandisile Michael Nazo, 65, had been the principal specialist and head of the neonatal unit and critical paediatric care at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital since 2004, a position he jointly ran with Walter Sisulu University, where he lectured.

In 2012, he was made head of department for paediatrics at the hospital and according to the Daily Dispatch, was head of the university's medical faculty at the time of his death, and Mthatha's first black paediatrician.

Dyantyi said in a statement sent to News24 by Eastern Cape health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo that Nazo made his greatest contribution to the "advancement of mankind" in Mthatha, and ensured the benefits of democracy were accessed by those previously disenfranchised during apartheid.

The department was still grieving Nazo's death, one of their "clinical stalwarts and luminary academics".

"At the time of his untimely demise he was due to retire from the university and Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital engagements, and the department had eyed him to continue making contributions as provincial paediatrician," Dyantyi told News24.

"The loss of such a colossus is not only for the family but also for us as a department as well as for the communities of the province and the nation at large."

According to the newspaper, Nazo's funeral was expected to take place in East London on Saturday. He died earlier this month from a reported stroke.

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