‘COVID changed how we were taught medicine’

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Assessing government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at Christ The King Hospital in South Africa. Copyright: Baba Jiyane/GCIS, CC BY-ND 2.0

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Season 2, Episode 18

Managing a wave of an unknown COVID-19 variant is a challenge for even the most experienced doctor. But for one of the youngest doctors in South Africa, the outbreaks of Omicron and Delta were a steep learning curve.

Thakgalo Thibela is just 22 years old, and her first years as a medical doctor have been spent on the frontlines of the pandemic at Johannesburg’s public Helen Joseph Hospital. Thibela tells Africa Science Focus what it’s like treating patients during a global health crisis, and what has kept her going through sleepless nights at the hospital.

Africa Science Focus, with Halima Athumani.

Learn more about Thakgalo Thibela’s career


This programme was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.