WANELE GANYA (25)
The Khayelitsha-born doctor graduated from Stellenbosch in 2015. When Doc-U-Mentally was shot he was a first-year medical intern and said the worst part of the job was the unpredictability. “I get nervous not knowing if I’m going to be competent enough to deal with the emergencies.”
Where are you working now?
I’m completing my second year of internship at Ngwelezana Hospital in the internal medicine department.
Has your working life changed since Doc-U-Mentally?
The main difference is the reduction of hours. It’s a long overdue change for junior doctors in SA. Overall, the drive and motivation that led me to become a doctor hasn’t changed. My experience as a junior doctor has moulded me into understanding and acknowledging the dilemmas of a thirdworld healthcare system.
What could the public do to make your job easier?
Some understanding that we’re trying our best. We know about the long waiting hours but lack of resources are real.
What could government do to make your job easier?
Listen to us. When we raise an issue, we have the interests of our patients vested in it.
Is there hope for the public health sector in SA?
Yes! The strides taken by junior doctors to foster change and the response by the health department shows we’re doing something right.