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Further propelling their pledge in ensuring you receive Expertise You Can Trust, Mediclinic Newcastle proudly welcomes locally born and raised Dr Samu Sibeko, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist.
Before chatting with Dr Sibeko, otorhinolaryngology and otolaryngology are the proper terms for an ENT—being a person who deals with the surgical and medical management of head and neck conditions.
Moreover, ENT surgery encompasses the surgical management and removal of cancers and benign tumours of the head and neck, as well as plastic surgery of the face and neck.
Now armed with a bit more knowledge on this highly technical field, Mediclinic Newcastle’s Dr Sibeko says that after dealing with an ENT Specialist as a child, her interests peeked.
“Growing up, I had tonsil problems and was exposed to an ENT Specialist. Coming from the township, I had little exposure to career counselling and after my experiences at the doctor, coming home feeling better, I decided that I wanted to become a doctor as well,” she says.
Born in Madadeni, Dr Sibeko says that she moved to Breyton with her family at the age of two until she was in Grade 5, moving back to Madadeni to live with her grandmother.
This homegrown Newcastillian finished her schooling and then attended the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA), now known as Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. Here she completed her undergrad before completing her postgrad at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein.
Thereafter, Dr Sibeko carried out her internship in Nelspruit between 2011 to 2012 before immersing herself in her community service in Witbank from 2013 to 2014.
“Right after completing my community service in 2014, I decided to specialise as an ENT in Bloemfontein.”
Defining the profession’s intricacies, Dr Sibeko states that an ENT requires a multi-focused approach.
“It is an interesting and delicate speciality. I often work with small areas which impact a patient’s life in diverse ways. This includes the ears, where hearing and balance are affected. Additionally, I work with the nose and sinuses, throat, tonsils, voice and speech, as well as surgeries on the head and neck area removing tumours.”
As a remarkably delicate practice, Dr Sibeko explains that an ENT specialist holds no room for error and must be methodical in their approach. Dr Sibeko states that an injury to either the eye, brain or a person’s larynx requires practised precision and holds no room for error—a skill set she brings to the table at Mediclinic Newcastle.
Furthermore, and chatting about joining the Mediclinic Newcastle team, Dr Sibeko highlights, “It has been absolutely delightful as Mediclinic Newcastle has made my transition from government to private smooth. They are also extremely caring, and I am now returning home to give back to my community.”
As she immerses herself into the Newcastle community, Dr Sibeko states that she has noticed that allergic rhinitis is a common issue in town.
“Allergic rhinitis is basically sinus and allergy issues. Tonsil problems and recurring infections in town are also common among children along with ear infections.”
As Dr Sibeko now settles in at the ever-growing Mediclinic Newcastle, ready to serve the community, she encourages people to book a consultation and tend to their ENT related ailments—because if left unattended, will more than likely deteriorate.
Join us in welcoming Dr Samu Sibeko back home and to the Mediclinic Newcastle team in true Newcastillian spirit, showing her support.
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This post and content is sponsored and provided by Mediclinic Southern Africa – Newcastle.