The South African healthcare sector has a lot of room for improvement and many have failed in the department.
However, one inspiring doctor has started making moves towards better healthcare for all South Africans. Dr Sphiwe Maluleke has offered his services to disabled kids for free in the region of Capricorn Municipality Lebowakgomo in Limpopo. He then refers them to the hospital where he works so that they can get the treatment they need.
According to him, “I’ve always been passionate about helping the less fortunate. Especially disabled people whom won’t be able to walk to the medical centres or hospitals to get examined and know the state of the health so that they can be referred to the hospital immediately to get medical attention,” he said.
In 2011, the doctor studied medicine in Cuba before coming back to South Africa in 2017 to complete medical training at the University of Pretoria. Dr Maluleke said he has always been passionate about the less fortunate, especially disabled people.
The doctor grew up in a small village called Mbokota and he was raised by his gogo. “I was raised by my Grandmother in a large extended family of 10 we didn’t really have much growing up she tried her best to take care of all of us with her grant money.
I have 1 biological brother. I used to juggle school taking care of brother chopping wood for people to get money work at construction sites to make living and assist where I could at home,” he said.
Now, he hopes to inspire other doctors to follow in his footsteps. “My dream is to continue giving back to the community and have a team of health care workers that will assist in the community service journey that I’m embarked on,” he added.
Dr Maluleke is engaged to be married and he has a baby on the way. He hopes his children will learn from him. He concluded: “I would love my kids to continue walking in my footsteps and giving back to the community. Just be kind without asking for something in return.