Paediatric Surgeon Facilitates Camps for Urgent Surgeries
UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine has acknowledged and applauded Specialist Paediatric Surgeon, Dr Saveshree Govender who has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the “Hypospadias Camp” within the Department of Paediatric Surgery at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH).
Children needing elective surgeries have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as their operations were deferred to facilitate emergency or semi-urgent surgeries. Children with hypospadias are among this group. The Hypospadias Camp has helped to decrease waiting times, with staff from Paediatric Surgery and Anaesthesiology volunteering their time and services over a weekend to accommodate the children.
Govender has organised and hosted four camps with sponsorship from Marcus Medical. At the last one held in May 2021, eight patients underwent successful surgery.
‘In addition to successful surgeries, the camp has also been beneficial to the registrars and medical officers in the Department who gained experience by performing these complicated surgeries. The Hypospadias Camp was also open to anaesthesiologists and urologists, including those from outside IALCH to foster camaraderie between Paediatric Surgery and these departments,’ said Head of Paediatric Surgery at UKZN, Dr Sheik Gafoor.
Words: Lihle Sosibo