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Cuban doctor working in NC dies after contracting Covid-19

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Cuban doctor, Dr Misael Segundo Montero Rodriquez, who was working in the ZF Mgcawu district for the past 22 years, has died after contracting Covid-19.

Dr Misael Segundo Montero Rodriquezl. Picture: Supplied

Cuban doctor, Dr Misael Segundo Montero Rodriquez, who was working in the ZF Mgcawu district for the past 22 years, has died after contracting Covid-19.

Spokesperson for the MEC for the Department of Health, Lebogang Majaha, said Dr Rodriquez was admitted to Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington in September.

“He was transferred to Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital in Kimberley. He was then transferred to the intensive care unit at Milpark Hospital Gauteng. He passed away on Saturday November 7.”

He added that Dr Rodriguez arrived in South Africa in April 1998 as one of the early deployees that were sent from Cuba as part of a bilateral agreement.

“He was employed as a medical officer at the old Gordonia Hospital in Upington. He was recently promoted as the clinical manager at Dr Harry Surtie Hospital in Upington.

“Dr Rodriguez has distinguished himself as a man of great skill and passion, goal-oriented and humility. He not only leaves behind an indelible inscription on his great work, but also in the lives of the people with whom he shared work experiences.”

Majaha stated that Dr Rodriguez was dedicated to his work and was always accessible to his colleagues and patients.

“As a department and government, we are truly indebted to him for the manner in which he executed his responsibilities. He served as a great example to all doctors and will be sorely missed.”

He added that Dr Rodriquez was survived by his wife, Dr Amarilis Machado Batista, who is a medical practitioner in Upington and three children.

“The family will be holding a private funeral service.”

The Northern Cape MEC for the Department Health Maruping Lekwene and acting HOD, Dr Dion Theys extended their condolences to his colleagues, friends and the community.