Dr Nelson Matsobane Latakgomo from Limpopo, is one of the 42 to receive an internationally recognized commendation thereby admitting him into the prestigious American College of Surgeons (ACS).
He has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery and colorectal surgery, practises at the Netcare Pholoso Hospital.
In October, Latakgomo virtually accepted a fellowship to the American College of Surgeons.
“I was born and bred in Limpopo and am passionate about serving the people of Polokwane and surrounding areas.
“As a local, I am keenly aware of the need for medical care of the highest standards in our province”.
“ACS is an active community of like minded healthcare professionals who, amongst other aims, strongly promotes improved health in rural areas globally – a cause that is very close to my heart,” Latakgomo said.
Latakgomo believes the fellowship will assist in shining a brighter light on some of the exceptional care that is being provided in Limpopo.
“As head of the trauma programme here at Netcare Pholoso Hospital, I am enthusiastic about the additional benefits that this fellowship will bring to our area. Last year, the hospital was accredited as a Level II trauma centre, certifying that the necessary professional medical services are available at the facility to deal with trauma cases and medical emergencies, in line with international best practice in trauma medicine,” he said.
He said he is hopeful that they will soon be able to take the next step in trauma accreditation to provide the highest level of training to doctors in dealing with trauma cases and upskilling healthcare workers who serve the community.
“On a more personal note, I am also all too aware of what it is like to grow up in a more rural area, and that it is important to have self-belief when pursuing your passion.
“I am deeply honoured to have been awarded this international fellowship.
“I hope that many young people, particularly in our rural communities, will be encouraged to see that South African doctors, and professionals at large, with similarly humble beginnings have every reason to keep reaching for their goals,” Latakgomo added.