WANELE GANYA (25)

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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.

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