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Pretoria - Bedrich Kubicek is worried that the wound on his leg might be infected after he discovered it was filled with maggots, following a visit to Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
Kubicek, 62, went to the hospital last Friday for his regular diabetes check up and asked the doctor to check his wound.
“It is in an awkward position and I asked her to check if all was fine because it was very painful,” he said.
“She did and asked what I used to clean it and I said water and Savlon (disinfectant).
“She said I must continue using that.”
But when Kubicek got home, the pain in his leg worsened.
“It felt like someone was holding a hot rod on my leg.
“I asked one of the women where I live to check the leg for me.
“She then told me it was so painful because it had bloody pus and there were also worms in it.”
Kubicek, who has been going to the hospital for diabetes and heart check-ups since 2007, said they removed about 20 worms from the wound.
“The doctors are always very nice to me.
“This one was not bad to me but she should have seen the worms.
“What amazes me is that the doctor checked the wound.
“How could she have not seen the worms?
“Does that mean that she did not examine it properly?”
He said he had been unable to go back to the hospital for another check-up.
Steve Biko Academic Hospital deputy chief executive officer Mathabo Mathebula said: “The hospital doctors and clinics are highly specialised and each and every one of them deal with specific specialist medical condition.
“He came to the hospital for specific reasons that wasn’t for wound care but was still given an antibiotic ointment for his leg wound…
“An arrangement has been made for Mr Kubicek to come to a specific specialised clinic, where his wound will be evaluated and then he will be referred with specialist advice to the local clinic to continue with the care of his wound.”