The Villager this week, visited the Windhoek Central Hospital to observe the first Namibian trained doctors on duty, where the team was met by an exhausted looking graduate from the School of Medicine at the University of Namibia, funded by the Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF).
Filippus Moshana, 24, is one many doctors in training who are proof Namibia’s success at training its own doctors, and had but a few moments to spare as he had to attend to patients after a long night on roll call.
Moshana graduated with a Degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB).
Much like many students studying in Namibia and abroad, Moshana told The Villager’s team that he would not be a doctor if it were not for the NSFAF which made it possible for him to be able to afford his study and make Namibian history.
He comes from a family with 3 other siblings who are also attending varsity at different universities making it impossible for his parents to pay for all 4 of their children.
‘’NSFAF paid for my studies, tuition as well as accommodation. After I registered at the UNAM I thought of applying for a bank loan but was advice to apply for financial support at NFSAF and I did, next thing I knew was that they were to pay for all the years I will was studying. I am so great full that they paid for my studies’’, Moshana said.
He added that his training has had its fair share of good and bad moments although he plans on finishing what he has started.
Moshana completed high school at Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School in 2009. He is now on internship for the following two years and will do community service the following year before he can specialize in any Medical field of his choice.
According to Moshana the only challenges that he now face as a Intern is language barrier with patients at the hospital and he hopes to contribute to the health system by encouraging young Namibians to studying in the fields of medicine.
‘’I just want to contribute to the health system by encouraging young Namibians. I think this will relief the system. Also we as Namibians should start using technology more and move away from using bush medicine for some times. What I am now doing is what I was trained in the medical school so there is not much of a challenges when it comes to attending to patients.’’, Moshana said.
He added, I think the government should add the workforce and work on decentralization few medical services that are only found in Windhoek. Transporting a patient 100 and more kilometers for treatment is just not reasonable. Everyone don’t have to travel to Windhoek for health services.
According to Moshana since he started internship at the Central Hospital, he has been attending to more than 50 out patients and 30 babies every day.
Moshana is one 35 of the graduates that graduated this year with financial support from NSFAF.
‘’Its all about exposure if trained to be a Medical Doctor (MD), exposure is needed if you don’t have a lot of exposure the first few must will be very tuff for any MD, I don’t think there is much difference between medical students that were trained outside Namibia and us. I think we all are at the same level’’, Moshana said.