MPILO CENTRAL HOSPITAL chief executive officer Lawrence Mantiziba yesterday said the gap left by renowned nuclear physicist Edwin Mahala Ndlovu, who died on June 16 from diabetes, would be hard to fill as he was the most experienced person in the department.
Ndlovu (73), died at Mpilo Hospital after being injured by a new cancer-detecting machine he had just brought into the country.
His family believes his sugar levels rose after the accident.
Mantiziba said it was sad that the hospital had lost the most experienced medical physicist and the gap he left would be very difficult to fill.
“Put it on record that the hospital will miss Ndlovu as his skills and dedication to his work would be hard to fill,” he said.
“It will be very hard to get someone who could fill his gap.
“He was the most experienced medicine physicist though we have other physicists, but they are not as experienced as him.”
He said Ndlovu was still teaching his colleagues how to operate the cancer-detecting machines he brought into the country from Hungary and it was sad that he had died before completing the training programme.
“They are in the learning process and we hope they will soon cope with the machines,” Mantiziba said.
“We have other physicians here though they are not yet experienced as Ndlovu, but we believe they will continue to teach those who were learning to use the machines.”
Ndlovu, a former Zipra combatant, left the country for Zambia in the 1960s where he trained as a liberation war fighter before going to Berlin, Germany where he did ‘A’ Levels.
He went on to study for a degree in medicine and worked for a while in Germany before returning to work as a medicine physician at Mpilo Central Hospital at independence in 1980. Ndlovu was wrongly referred to as a physician in our initial story on Monday.