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Dr Thakgalo Thibela, the youngest doctor on this continent, climbs the ladder of success through her hard work and passion for learning.


Johannesburg, South Africa (23 July 2021) – Africa has about one doctor for every 10,000 people. This is according to a study conducted by Texila American University; the need for more doctors has been one of the pressing problems in the African regions. Amongst these seemingly hopeless situations, people like the 21-year-old Thakgalo Thibela give new hope for the country.

Thibela was called a child genius when she was at Farel Primary school in Mpumalanga. Owing to her school’s support and belief, she passed through the grades quickly. She was promoted to high school straight from Grade 6.

Later, when she went to Lehlasedi High school, she was again promoted to Grade 10 because of her extraordinary skills in academics and extramural activities. When she reached Grade 11, she did face a little struggle, but she managed to pick up her pace and graduated from high school with seven distinctions at the age of 15.

After a hard-earned admission to Wits University at the age of 16 and winning the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) bursary, and pursued a six-year degree in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCH).

21-year-old doctor from Africa, Thakgalo Thibela
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In addition to all this, she has received the Golden Key International membership, a recognition given for academically excelling students worldwide. She is currently receiving training at Helen Joseph hospital in Auckland Park.

Priscilla Sekhonyana, the spokesperson of The Health Practice Council of South Africa (HPCSA), confirmed that Thibela is currently the youngest active doctor on the IN Register.

Her zeal and discipline have left many people awestruck. It is worthy to note that this young woman is a symbol of inspiration and hope for many people around the globe.

Sources: News24
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