Giant in SA health, who fought against quackery, dies at 63

2019-01-22 21:22
Professor Roy Jobson. (Supplied)

Professor Roy Jobson. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

South Africa has lost a prominent doctor, activist and scientist, who campaigned against quackery and for better health regulations.

Professor Roy Jobson died at the age of 63 on Friday. He experienced difficulty with breathing and then collapsed to his death.

According to his family, Jobson was diagnosed with pneumonia in 2018 which cleared up after three weeks, however, he was still unable to get enough air into his lungs.

Speaking to News24, his wife, who is also a family doctor and social justice activist, Majorie described Jobson as a "wonderful human being" to his family and children.

"We shared the same vision of trying to make a real difference and to stand up for things we believed in."

Majorie said her husband helped her with some of the social justice projects she was involved in.


"He was a true equal partner"

"He helped me think through these issues, and helped me develop advocacy strategies, so he was a true equal partner," she said.

Jobson specialised in family medicine and clinical pharmacology. Among other things, from 1992 to 1993 he was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship to the University of Minnesota.

Majorie said Jobson was also very much involved in developing ethical practices around medicine and health products.

She said Jobson obtained his Masters degree at Medunsa - the first medical school in South Africa to offer a masters programme in family medicine. He then went to the University of the Witwatersrand where he along with Professor Bruce Sparks developed the Masters in family medicine for the university’s medical school.

Majorie said she wanted Jobson remembered for his contribution to family medicine.

She said he was appointed by the former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang to what was then the medicine’s control council. "He was put in charge of clinical trials for antiretrovirals and excelled in his work in that area."

She reiterated that her husband believed in making health science accessible to the average citizen.

"He was very committed and [developed] a programme on how to empower patients to not be intimidated by their healthcare providers."

She explained that this entailed accessing accurate health information and for patients to never step away from a doctor without fully understanding what their condition is.

Jobson also contributed to CAMcheck, which is a website highlighting scams, pseudoscience and voodoo science.

"We studied together … I discovered that he was also concerned about how consumers were treated and when I was unsure of what I wanted to say, I would send it to him for comment and input," said Dr Harris Steinman, editor for CAMcheck.

"I think he is an immense loss to pharmacology, particularly for his principles and his clear thinking," he said.

Jobson’s crematorium service will take place in Rustenburg, North West on Friday.

A memorial will be held on Saturday in Hartbeespoort where family and friends will celebrate his life.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    health
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.