Prom­i­nent Byo doc­tor dies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

ONE of Bu­l­awayo’s top med­i­cal doc­tors, Dr Nh­lanhla Mgodla has died. He was 64. Dr Mgodla died on Sun­day morn­ing at Mater Dei Hos­pi­tal af­ter a short ill­ness.

He will be buried at Lady Stan­ley Ceme­tery in Bu­l­awayo on Sun­day.

A ser­vice will be held at Sel­bourne Park Sev­enth Day Ad­ven­tist church just be­fore his burial at 730AM.

His daugh­ter Miss Lin­delwe Mgodla ex­pressed sad­ness at her fa­ther’s death.

She said he was a sup­port­ive fa­ther who stopped at noth­ing to see his chil­dren achieve their dreams.

She said Dr Mgodla’s death was not only felt by his fam­ily but also many Bu­l­awayo res­i­dents whose lives he touched in a ca­reer span­ning over 30 years.

“Al­though he has left a gap in the fam­ily, he has left an even big­ger gap in the Bu­l­awayo com­mu­nity be­cause many peo­ple re­lied on his med­i­cal ex­per­tise,” she said.

Miss Mgodla said her fa­ther started his ca­reer in 1982 at Mpilo Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal af­ter at­tain­ing his med­i­cal de­gree from Rus­sia in 1981.

“He worked as a ju­nior med­i­cal doc­tor from 1982 at Mpilo Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Chin­hoyi Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. Af­ter serv­ing at the hos­pi­tal he was pro­moted [and de­ployed] to Fi­l­abusi in Mata­bele­land South where he served as the District Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer,” said Miss Mgodla.

She said in the late 1980s, Dr Mgodla trained as an ear, nose and throat sur­geon at the United Bu­l­awayo Hos­pi­tals af­ter which he worked as a pri­vate med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner.

“He be­gan his pri­vate prac­tice in 1989. Dur­ing his ten­ure he spe­cialised in ma­ter­nity cases, fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices at the Zim­babwe Na­tional Fam­ily Plan­ning Coun­cil in Gwanda. He was also an on-call doc­tor for mi­nor surg­eries at the Bu­l­awayo Lancet Theatre,” she said.

Miss Mgodla said her fa­ther op­er­ated as a doc­tor for sev­eral com­pa­nies and paras­tatals that in­clude Zim­post and TelOne, Nis­san Clover, How Mine, and Cas­myn Mine.

A Bu­l­awayo doc­tor Dr Muriel Falala de­scribed the late doc­tor as a soft spo­ken and kind man who ded­i­cated his life to sav­ing lives.

She said Dr Mgodla spe­cialised in ma­ter­nal ser­vices and de­liv­ered many ba­bies. He is sur­vived by a wife and four chil­dren. Mourn­ers are gath­ered at Num­ber 37 Much­bind­ing Road, Wor­ring­ham. — @nqot­shili

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