“A doctor is bestowed with the eye to see and treat weakness in mankind. He is the one who can give us hope when we are in doom” – Unknown
Doctors have many responsibilities, one being responsible for increased life expectancy and improved wellbeing in society. A world without doctors would be incredibly grim. Doctors are at the heart of our survival in the circle of life. There is no ailment that can go untreated because of a lack of specialities.
There are over 70 different specialities in the medical field and with the aid of modern scientific innovation, health practitioners are able to extend the boundaries of medical technology.
Why This National Doctor’s Day Matters
March 30 commemorates the day in 1842 when anaesthesia was first used in surgery. Since the inception of penicillin, this is the next best ‘first’ in medical history. If we fast track to contemporary medicine in South Africa, there have been incredible breakthroughs in 2017 in medical technology, enabling health practitioners to improve society’s well being even further.
How South African Doctors Changed The Course of Medical Technology
Following the success of the first heart transplant by Christiaan Barnard in 1967, the Computed Axial Tomography Scan or CAT was developed by Cape Town physicist Allan Cormack and his associate Godfrey Hounsfield in 1972. A few years later in 1975, a specialist in retinal diseases, Selif Percy Amoils, created a new method of cataract removal surgery. Amoilis developed this new method at Baragwanath hospital in Soweto. After achieving wide recognition for his invention, Amoilis received a Queen’s Award for Technological Innovation. His cryoprobe has since been on display in the London Kensington Museum.
In 1999 came the development of the Smartlock Safety Syringe by a group of designers at the Vaal University of Technology, William Blake, Paul Lambourn, Jose Loureiro, Michael Moore, David Shiel, Mirko Tappero, Henk van der Meyden and Alexis Wadman. This single-use syringe is designed to provide improved protection against needlestick injury and contamination by diseases such as Ebola virus, Hepatitis and HIV.
Despite the limited human resources in the health sector, South Africa continues to utilise the impeccable skills of its health force to innovate, create more healthcare units, and continue to improve society’s well being.
What Makes RecoMed Doctors Unique
From General Practitioners to Rheumatologists, RecoMed has them all. RecoMed has over 70 specialities listed on their website and over 1500+ practitioners listed with online booking profiles and real-time calendars.
RecoMed prides itself on offering doctors the most comprehensive platform to help manage their practices but connects them with more patients too. By adopting an online booking platform like RecoMed, doctors are able to build an easy communication channel with their patients where they can communicate reminders for appointments, and the patient can leave a review after their visit.
Our doctors are of the highest quality and do their part to give back to the community. Dr Mowzer, a chiropractor listed on RecoMed, donates his time once a month to offer free healthcare to the elderly and unemployed. Considering the lack of medical professionals in South Africa, doctors who do more than what is expected should be recognised and valued. Dr Mowzer believes in using his ethics as a compass for measuring how he will treat his patients. He finds that this method of treatment allows him to create a more personalised approach when it comes to taking care of his patients.
RecoMed prides itself on offering doctors the most convenience. Dr Rocher, a general practitioner finds that RecoMed has helped grow her practice and offer her patients a convenient way of reaching her Pretoria-based practice. Dr Rocher finds RecoMed convenient especially “for a patient whose gotten up at 03:00 to make an appointment is invaluable.”