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  • Princess Marina applauded as man undergoes successful nose surgery

Undergoing surgery can be scary and it becomes even worse when the procedure has to be done in a health institution which is always accused of negligence.

UNDER THE KNIFE: Dr Zikhale working on Dlamni's nose

For three times, Kitso Dlamini, a private Pharmaceutical Medical Rep in Gaborone postponed his appointment with an Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, Dr Alakanani Zikhali of Princess Marina Hospital where he was supposed to undergo nose surgery.

He was suffering from septum deviation, a disorder of the nose which was affecting his breathing.  “I feared that something may go wrong and leave me with a permanently deformed nose. There has also been very bad publicity about our medical institutions that when one thinks of engaging their services especially for a complicated operation they develop cold feet,” said Dlamini.

Despite his fears he recently gathered courage and eventually went on to have a successful septoplasty, a corrective surgery to straighten the nasal septum, which is the partition between the two nasal cavities.
“Before the operation I had difficulty in breathing, but that has now been rectified thanks to the wonderful ENT staff at Princes Marina,” he said.

He also said he was shocked by the good service at the hospital as procedure was well explained in order for him to decide whether he wanted to go ahead with it or not.
“The whole thing was done professionally, the anesthetic team was excellent and the post-operation care was amazing,” said Dlamini.

He spent one night at the hospital and was discharged the following day as doctors we satisfied with what they had done.According to Dr Zikhali septoplasty is generally a safe operation to carry out and advised people with

HAPPY ENDING: Two doctors admiring a job well done

similar problems to seek medical attention.

“The ENT team in Marina works 24 hours, we take calls from  patients and are always willing to send someone into the field should the need arise,” he said.He said if left unattended septum deviation or blockage in the nose can result with a lot of fluid accumulating around the brain which can result in death.

Septum deviation is frequently caused  by impact trauma, such as by blow to the face. It can also be caused by compression of the nose during childbirth.


  1. Oh wow!a nose job?i bet my pet’s vet can do that with one hand tied behind his back and whilst having a meaningfull conversation with me.

  2. Not all is doom. Princess Marina hospital has been saving lives for over 40 years and in the last 10 years we have only heard of the few cases of malpractice. They even called it ‘slaughter house’ but it is a fine hospital. The only people who let us down is the elite and the high class politicians who snub the hospital preferring RSA and other overseas institutions. These are the xenocentric non patriots who only care nothing about improving their own system.They are refusing to decentralize the running of referral hospitals just so that politicians can have the last word on how professionals do their work.I say ‘Way to go PMH” Le ka moso.