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    Dr Makurira honoured at the Rob Gibson lecture

    Dr Phineas Makurira

    One of Masvingo’s early black doctors and a doyen in his field, Dr Phineas Makurira was the subject of the 2019 Dr Rob Gibson Lecture at the annual College of Primary Health Care Physicians of Zimbabwe and Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe joint congress held in Masvingo last week.
    The lecture was delivered to 280 medical practitioners including doctors and pharmacists by the Zimbabwe Open University director for Masvingo Province, Professor Alexander Chabaya.
    The Rob Gibson Lecture is delivered every year during the CPCPZ/PSZ joint congress which was pioneered by Dr Rob Gibson in 1974. This year it centered on Dr Makurira.
    Prof Chabaya talked about the immense contribution and testimonies by patients on Dr Makurira who has been in the profession for over 40 years and operated the first private hospital in Masvingo City, the Makurira Memorial Clinic.
    “From his experience, he acknowledges that practice of medicine in a community is highly rewarding, exciting, fulfilling and challenging in terms of self-satisfaction when you see the outcomes of the intervention one would have made.
    “In Mberengwa at a funeral an old couple was animated to know that I knew Dr Makurira. They prayed for him and wished him well.
    “The other story concerns a man I had taught Physics and Maths in 1985. I recognized him as I came out of church. I beckoned and asked him whether I had not taught him. Instead he had interest in Dr Makurira who had written to the Commissioner of Police then to employ him and not worry about the growth on his toe.
    “He told Dr Makurira that because of the medical recommendation he gave him, he has been employed ever since and has educated his four children. Dr Makurira is saying these stories are rewarding and give him self-satisfaction,” said Prof Chabaya.
    Dr Makuririra recommends humility, empathy, confidence and exercises confidentiality on patients as cornerstones of good personality in the medical field.
    “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the person who has the disease. Continuous profession development is a given because disease patterns are changing and re-emerging,” said Prof Chabaya.
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