‘Pushing against all odds’ – Seven friends qualify as doctors

(Front) Moliehi Mareka, Mahlatse Mothiba, Tshepang Motete (Back): Thato Mosehle, Toni Motseoile, Lungile Mkhungo and Lijeng Lefosa have all qualified as doctors. Image: Supplied

Free State- A group of young women who have qualified as doctors from the University of the Free State, are ready to step up and bring about change in their communities.

“We are prepared for anything and everything; our MBChB prepared us for the worst. We are confident that we will be able to handle whatever comes our way,” said Tshepang Motete, 24.

“In our class there were probably 130 students, with only nine black girls, so we grew closer because we could relate to each other,” said Motete.

Motete said the transition from a rural primary school and high school with limited or no resources was a challenge when she made it to university.

“It wasn’t easy to adapt to so many changes, for example, we had to use technological devices a lot. Staying at the university’s residence really made a difference because senior students were there to help us,” she said.

“I believe our programme prepared us for anything really. However, I am just concerned about stereotypes among our people,” said Mosehle.

“There are patients who would prefer an older (nursing) sister over a young doctor. There are males who prefer to be attended to by other males, but I am strong enough to handle all that.”

Mosehle said she was surprised by the social media reaction, with one user commented on her picture, saying; “Congrats on your qualification, I hope you will treat us like white doctors.”

Mosehle said chosen medicine because, “I didn’t only see a lack of doctors in my community, but a lack of black doctors, generally.”

“That motivated me to grab the opportunity with both hands because I am young.”

“Giving back and serving our communities is something really close to us,” said Mosehle.

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