Medical Alumnus Passionate about Diabetes Management in Limpopo

Dr Mabowa Makhomisane graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes.

Dr Mabowa Makhomisane recently graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes from the University of South Wales (USW), United Kingdom.

A UKZN Medical graduate (Class of 2005), he also received the Dean’s Commendation to pursue an MSc in the sub-speciality of diabetes at USW.

Makhomisane who runs a general practice in Limpopo also offers specialised clinics to the community on diabetes mellitus, asthma in children, maternal health, and cardiovascular disease. He has a special interest in non-communicable diseases including hypertension and diabetes mellitus. He recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the World Family Medicine & Middle East Journal of Family Medicine (MEJFM) on the Role of SGLT2 Inhibitors and GLP-1 Analogs in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Type 2 Diabetes.

A South African Health Products Regulatory Authority approved, Principal Investigator, he is involved in numerous clinical trials and the supervision of sub-investigators and other clinical trial staff. He holds a higher certificate in travel medicine from the University of the Witwatersrand and a higher certificate in practice management from the Foundation of Professional Development. Makhomisane is the chairperson of the Limpopo Independent Practitioners Association comprising of 120 general practitioners and an executive member of the Alliance of South African Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA) and member of the ASAIPA parliamentary task team that advises parliament on National Health Insurance.

Makhomisane is also passionate about community outreach. He served as the resident doctor for CapriCom FM from 2010 to 2013, hosted a medical show called “The Dr Energy show” on Energy FM and is a regular contributor to the Phalaphala FM health corner and Thobela FM. He is also a regular commentator on COVID-19 for SABC TV News [The Agenda] and for Dr Pru Ezempilo on Soweto TV.

On graduating with a diploma in diabetes, Makhomisane commented, ‘One of the key benefits of being a general practitioner is the opportunity to conduct disease mapping in one’s community. The incidence of diabetes has been growing in the Polokwane area and the Limpopo province in the past 10 years. Previously patients suffering from type 2 diabetes tended to be much older; however, we are now starting to see it in younger children. This is in keeping with global trends; worldwide, more than 460 million people suffer from diabetes and it is predicted that this will increase to 580 million by 2030. I decided to further my studies in diabetes because of the impending catastrophe facing our community. As a front-line worker in diabetes management, I wanted to equip myself to prepare for what is coming.

‘Furthering my studies at one of the world-renowned universities in the field of diabetes and being a diabetologist not only equips me, but also my colleagues and junior doctors through master class programmes that we will be implementing locally.’

Turning to future plans, Makhomisane said, ‘In 2023, we will be launching a state-of-the-art diabetic centre of excellence in Limpopo with a team of experts including dieticians, podiatrist, a biokineticist, physiotherapists and psychologists. The team will focus on community engagement including outreach to rural areas to educate patients on the risks of diabetes using radio, newspapers, social media and television. In keeping with global standards of care for diabetes, the centre will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies. The focus will be to ensure that all diabetic patients are well managed.’

Makhomisane is married with three children and enjoys playing tennis, travelling and spending time with his family.

Words: MaryAnn Francis

Photograph: Supplied