There’s perhaps no one more respected and appreciated in the world right now than the brave healthcare workers manning the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s there you’ll find one of South Africa’s brightest young medical professionals, Dr Chelsea Zindoga, medical doctor and humanitarian, doing her part to ensure our country can beat the virus with the right treatments and considered care.
Like many in her field, Dr Zindoga’s proudest moment was the day she graduated in the Wits University Medical School Class of 2017.
“It’s not just because of my degree, but for everyone who made huge sacrifices to get me there, especially my parents,” she claims, emphasising how important the accomplishment was to her family as a whole.
In another aspect of her life-saving work, Zindoga is working to save the country’s tiniest citizens by intervening to provide care for abandoned babies through her Talitha Children’s Trust. She advocates for babies abandoned in state hospitals, working with the Gauteng Department of Health; Thalitha Children’s Trust ensures crucial assistance and care. She explains the importance of neurodevelopment during the early years, and says that “they deserve to be in a caring and nurturing place of safety so that they too can be on the MG200YSA list in 20 years to come”.
It is the pandemic that she considers the biggest surprise she’s faced in her career, as even the most intensive training on the subject would still leave the healthcare system on the back foot. What’s most impressive is her and her colleagues’ determined attitude and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds, just for the satisfaction of seeing their patients recover.
“I live for the moment I can discharge my patient back home to their family,” Zindoga explains.