There is a gynae in town …

LEPHALALE — Dr Stephen Baloyi (40) is the first permanent specialist appointed by Mediclinic Lephalale and a huge asset for the women in and around town.
Dr Baloyi is a respected gynaecologist with consulting rooms next to Nando’s at the Lephalale Mall.
Since December 2016, he practiced on a part-time basis at Mediclinic Lephalale on Fridays and Saturdays, but since 1 September 2017, he will reside here permanently.
He says he is overwhelmed by the support he receives from the community. The decisive factor why he decided to move to Lephalale on a more permanent basis, is because of the high population and the fact that Lephalale is the fastest growing town in Limpopo.
He is married to Belinda, a medical student in her final year at Medunsa and they are the proud parents of three girls, Vutlhari and Vutivhi (twin girls aged 7 years old) and Vukona (3 year old).
Specializing in gynaecology was not always his plan, as he originally intended to specialise in paediatrics; however he changed his focus to gynaecology. He always knew that he wanted to be a doctor.
He was one of five children in a house where money was always lacking, however he is very grateful for the opportunities that have come along his way.
He is a firm believer in education. “Everything starts with education. It can change everything in your life. It has an impact on what kind of husband or wife you will be; on how you will bring up your children,” he says.
There are two major concerns he noticed in this community – a lack of responsibility regarding contraception and the high percentage of HIV positive patients.
“To me it seems that it is the norm rather than the exception that instead of using contraception to prevent pregnancy, the pregnancy rather gets aborted.
“There is a major gap in education about responsible contraception and safe sex and I really want to change that,” he concluded.

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