KZN based doctor puts his heart into the townships

KZN based doctor puts his heart into the townships

- Mdletshe is has two practices based in KZN townships

- His mission is to help the people in the townships and provide them with proper medical services that they can afford

- Although his work is not free, he does off HIV testing and other general testing for free

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Doctors based in townships are a very rare sighting. Mdletshe is a saint from above for the township of KwaDukuza.

His first township surgery was based in Thembeni. He opened this in March 2007.

“For a sick person living in the township accessing medical care can be a stressful and costly affair, from walking to catching a taxi to pay for treatment. I would like to put an end to their struggle,” he said.

He worked hard to gain the trust of the people in the township. .

“It is hard for people to believe that I have chosen to work here instead of leaving for the big city.” Mdletshe grew up in a remote rural area and he said he understands how frustrating it is to be far from medical help.”

“My mother was unemployed and my granny sold vegetables from her garden. We could not buy vegetables, even mealies, so I grew up eating what we could grow ourselves.”

Mdletshe and his family did not have much when he was growing up but he worked hard in school and after matriculating from Ukukhanyakwezwe Secondary with outstanding grades.

He graduated as a doctor in 2009 from the University of KZN.

“My gogo and my mother were the ones who instilled the importance of being educated. I used to see the effort they put in just for me to get to school. They would go to bed on an empty stomach, as long as my educational needs were met. That made me take my studies seriously.”

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He worked in Mpumalanga first and then at Stanger Hospital. Working in a state hospital was not his plan.

Unfortunately he is not in the position to do free work but he tries to help where he can. He offers things like HIV and AIDS, blood pressure, TB testing and circumcision for free.

He opened a second practice in Meyville this year after his practice in Thembeni started to stabilize.

One can only hope for more doctors like Mdletshe and that his practices flourish and grow.

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