Game-changers risked much to assist in troubled times
About 150 South African doctors will gather in Port Elizabeth tomorrow for a reunion of the Eastern Cape Medical Guild – a body that played a crucial role in the 1980s and ’90s to ensure quality healthcare to largely black, coloured and Indian communities under the apartheid regime.
Dr Jay Moodliar, 80, a past president of the Port Elizabeth Black Civic Organisation (Pebco), will be one of the leaders honoured for their role in founding the guild.
Also known as the Northern Guild, they were a group of doctors who fought discriminatory practices in medical aids and put their own safety on the line to treat political prisoners and those injured in riots who were too afraid to use public hospitals.
Dr Jeff Govender, who joined the guild in 1983, said the body also established one of the first capitation based managed healthcare systems in South Africa.
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