UKZN hosts Symposium on Transforming Health

UKZN’s Discipline of Internal Medicine hosted the 38th Annual Medicine Update Symposium in Durban under the theme: Transforming Health Together.

The gathering was attended by medical specialists and pharmaceutical representatives from government and the private sector as well as Medical students.

Opening proceedings and welcoming delegates, the Head of Internal Medicine at UKZN, Dr Nombulelo Magula, emphasised the importance of transformation in health care. ‘If we want real change we need to start talking about revolutionary action and living up to the University’s REACHT values,’ said Magula.

The Founder and CEO of Proactive Health Solutions, Dr Fundile Nyati spoke on the Review and Re-Setting of Medical Ethics and also discussed South Africa’s proposed national health system.

The Head of UKZN’s Discipline of Gastroenterology based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Dr VG Naidoo, shared the importance of differentiating and proper diagnosis for chronic liver disease (CLDx) and cirrhosis.

‘One swallow does not make a summer and don’t commit the sin of diagnostic greed,’ Naidoo cautioned

The Head of the Pulmonology Discipline, Dr K Nyamande, spoke on pneumococcal vaccination in adults, available vaccines and the proper administration of these vaccines, while specialist physician and nephrologist, Dr B Parag’s presentation was on the Evaluation of Proteinuria, and examined normal and abnormal proteinuria and glomerular diseases.

Head and Chair in the Department Medicine at UCT, Professor Ntobeko Ntuli spoke on the epidemiology of HIV, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in Africa and HIV-associated CVD with phenotypes associated with each disease and opportunities in the management of HIV-associated CDD.

‘As medical practioners, we need to take immediate steps to rejuvenate HIV response and follow through on HIV-related cases with our response being at one with the global health field to achieve sustainable health,’ said Ntuli.

Words: Lihle Sosibo

Photograph: Supplied