Another great loss for South Africa
February 01, 2018
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa: Colleagues and friends of the late Dr Sakheni Ncube (38) from both Nkandla and Dundee hospitals gathered today (February 01, 2018) to pay tribute to the fallen doctor who is believed to have drowned during a heavy storm in the Nyanyadu area, on the border of Amajuba and Umzinyathi Districts.
Ncube, who is originally from Zimbabwe, will be buried at Ermelo (6 Velwyk Avenue, Netherlands Park, Service starts at 7am) on Saturday, February 03, 2018.
The doctors body was found by the South African Police Service(SAPS)Search and Rescue team on the banks of the Mzinyashana River this week (January 29, 2018), five days after he had gone missing on Thursday, January25, 2018.
His body was found at 13h09 by the SAPS Search and Rescue team. A post-mortem was conducted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.
Delivering a eulogy at the memorial service of the late Ncube, KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said his death was untimely and this was a great loss for South Africa.
“To the Ncube family I thus want to say, I am here today not solely in my capacity as a fellow Doctor or MEC; but I am also representing the KwaZulu-Natal Government and the people of this Province to express our collective grief.
“We all feel the loss in that in his short professional life, Dr Ncube has helped in improving the health status of our people in some of the most remote and impoverished areas of our Province,” said Dhlomo.
He also stated how difficult and precarious it was to become a gynaecologist in South Africa, and despite the odds Ncube was one.
“On the 9th and 10th of March 2015, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi convened a Medico-Legal Summit which was attended by Provincial MECs; the World Health Organization; the British Litigation Authority; the Medical Protection Society; Road Accident Fund and other stakeholders.
“This was because the litigation against healthcare providers in this country has reached crisis levels causing practitioners to shun medical specialities, especially obstetrics and gynaecology, neurosurgery, neonatology, and orthopaedics. The will and zeal to perform in these specialities is further diminished by conscious awareness of the Lawyers who now tout at the gates of the hospitals and even in the Wards asking patients how they were treated and offering to sue on their behalf. Indeed, all this has resulted in young doctors being reluctant to specialise in disciplines like obstetrics and gynaecology,” stated Dhlomo.
Dhlomo asserted regardless of all the threats of litigation, Ncube was steadfast in continuing to be involved in this discipline, diligently performing his duties in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology units, initially at Nkandla and up to his last days at Dundee hospital.
“He was indeed a brave, conscientious and committed Doctor who still had more than 25 years of his professional life to share with the nation,” he added.
The MEC also revealed that KZN is home to just over 10 million people amongst whom roughly 220,000 births occur each year , 10% of these from teenage mothers.
He added to honour the late Ncube community leaders in the Umzinyathi Districts should strive to decrease new HIV infections in adolescent girls and young women, decrease teen pregnancies and keep girls in school till matric.
Dhlomo reiterated: “Dr Ncube has played his part and has been for years in rural settings been able to help safely deliver a pregnant woman who also has hypertension; TB and HIV. The demise of Dr Ncube is indeed a total loss to all of us. Under my tenure as the MEC, I thus stand here with heavy memories of those colleagues who left us due to sudden and unexpected deaths.”
Dhlomo also called upon all the healthcare workers to find ways to take care of yourselves and safeguard your future.