KZN’s first black female oncologist inspires

2015-11-18 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Dr S’thembile Ngidi is KZN's first black female oncologist who aims to inspire young women to follow their dreams and passions.

PHOTO: supplied Dr S’thembile Ngidi is KZN's first black female oncologist who aims to inspire young women to follow their dreams and passions.

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KWAZULU-NATAL’S first black ­female oncologist is ready to take the medical world by storm and inspire young women to do the same.

With the title of the first black ­female oncologist in KZN, Dr ­S’thembile Ngidi is the second black female­ oncologist in the country.

The 31-year-old grew up in ­Gamalakhe township, near Margate.

A statement issued yesterday by KZN Health Department ­spokes­person Sam Mkhwanazi said as an asthmatic child, Ngidi often used to admire the way in which doctors were able to make people feel better.

From a young age, Ngidi knew she wanted to be a doctor and help people. Her mother was a nurse and her father ran a tuck shop. Her dream came true recently when she graduated from the Colleges of Medicine South Africa. She is now based at Inkosi Albert ­Luthuli Central Hospital.

In a statement, Ngidi said both her parents were very strict and she spent most of her spare time indoors.

“I had to be home by a certain time. In order to watch TV, I had to earn that privilege by getting certain marks at school.

“My father had a tuck shop, and we used to work there on weekends. And he’d say, ‘that’s money for your school fees’,” she recalled.

After completing her studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in 2006 she began her two-year internship, and soon afterwards started work as a ­medical officer at an ARV clinic in KwaMashu.

She was awarded a medical officer post in oncology later that year and in 2012, she received a registrar post at Inkosi Albert Luthuli’s radiation oncology unit.

Ngidi said she felt that she was doing what she was meant to do in life — ­helping people.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Ngidi said: “I see many people and it is so wonderful to see people who are helped and cured who otherwise would not have had access to medical care.

“I love my job. It is my passion and something I have always wanted to do.

“I decided to go into radiation ­oncology because I discovered that it was an area with very few specialists, but it was an area that needs more doctors.”

She said that although she was the first black female oncologist in the province, she hoped she would not be the last.

“I want to encourage young woman to aspire to be as great as they can be. Gender should not be an issue when you are choosing your career and when people say you can’t do something, it should make you want to prove them wrong.”

She felt that she was doing what she was meant to do in life — ­helping people

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