Namibia's homegrown doctors

Call it patriotism or simply a set of people who have understood the core of their calling. Namibia’s homegrown doctors even in the face of challenges are optimistic about their jobs.

Not only are they passionate about what they do, they are also fulfilled to be doing it for motherland.

In a generation where people are overly enthused with the idea of studying and working abroad, some young Namibian trained doctors have traded that life of fantasy that they may attend to the reality of the Namibian health care.

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Report says that it was until 2010 that Namibian citizens who wanted to study medicine could acquire the education and training in the country.

Before then the students had no other option than to travel to countries like to South Africa, Russia, Cuba, Algeria and China to be educated.

Namibia's homegrown doctors

Namibia launched its first medical school, The University of Namibia’s medical sciences centre in 2010. From 50, the number has grown to 400 students.

Some of these medical students get funds and scholarships from the government.

Dr Tjamena Murangi is a 25-year old doctor from the first set of Namibia’s homegrown doctors. The young doctor reveals however that people in the rural area still do not have enough doctors to attend to them since majority of the doctors are in urban areas.

In other words, people from remote areas have to travel over 31 miles to get to the hospital.

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Namibia's homegrown doctors

The much loved young doctor also notes that the pressure mounted on the few doctors in the rural areas is not healthy for their profession.

He said:

“Sometimes the workload can get quite overwhelming, you find that you have many patients to see and you get fatigued. You don’t have time to rest. This can really negatively affect patient care.”

According to a BBC report, The World Health Organization (WHO) has also said that the shortage of medical staff in the public health sector here has hindered Namibia’s development.