From left: Dr Alishka Rajman, Dr Ozayr Mohamed, Head of Public Health Medicine Dr Saloshni Naidoo and Dr Dishiki Kalonji.

Academic Graduates Nine Masters Students

Academic Co-ordinator in the Discipline of Public Health Medicine Dr Ozayr Mohamed supervised the graduation of nine masters students in the 2018 Graduation ceremonies.

‘The graduation of these nine students was the culmination of work done over the past two to three years,’ said a proud Mohamed. His students were from a diverse background and required total commitment.

‘They were dedicated professionals whose intention was to obtain their degrees and thus committed themselves to time frames. As much as it may seem to be an achievement on my behalf the credit goes to the students,’ he said.

Mohamed said he enjoyed working with the students although there were challenges at times.

Master of Public Health graduate Ms Busisiwe Precious Matiwane said working with Mohamed had been ‘a breeze. Although he had a number of students he was very responsive and efficient. He really motivated me to complete my degree.’

Matiwane’s study titled: Cost Analysis of Road Traffic Crashes Cases at a Tertiary Hospital in Mpumalanga Province, investigated the cost impact of road traffic injuries on hospital finances.

Mohamed graduated two MMed students in Public Health Medicine – Dr Alishka Rajman, who conducted a study titled: Determinants of Self-Directed Referrals Amongst Patients at District Hospitals in the eThekwini District, KwaZulu-Natal 2015; and Dr Dishiki Jenny Kalonji, with a study on: The Incidence, Nature, and Trends of Adverse Health Events in King Edward VIII Hospital from April 2011 to April 2014.

Another three of his students graduated with Masters of Public Health degrees. They were:

  • Ms Anudha Moodley with a study titled; Factors Associated with Implanon Uptake in Ugu North District 2017
  • Ms Ishandree Pillay whose thesis was titled: Determinants of Patients Self-Referrals at the Out Patients Department in Stanger Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Ms Trishal Parbhoo who conducted a study titled: Incidence and Trends in Non-Natural Deaths in eThekwini between 2012 and 2014.

A further three graduated with Masters of Medical Science (MMedSci) degrees:

  • Mr Bonginkosi Richard Khumalo for his work: Determinants of Treatment Outcomes of HIV/TB Co-Infected Patients in eDumbe CHC, 2015
  • Mr Tendayi L Chifetete for his paper: Patient Factors Associated with Non-Adherence to Treatment Among TB/HIV Co-Infected Patients at the ARV Clinic of Estcourt Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal between January 2014 and December 2015
  • Ms Perpetua Busie Mgobozi for her thesis titled: Incidents, Nature, and Root Causes of Adverse Events in a Long Term Chronic Hospital.

‘Working with Dr Oz was very interesting,’ said Mgobozi. ‘He is the kind of supervisor who sticks to his principles. He demands a high standard and will tell you upfront if your work is poor. He makes sure that he responds to you immediately – even late at night – and possesses a skill to guide and support.’

Words: Nombuso Dlamini