TWENTY four year old Philipus Moshana who now holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgeon (MBchB) from the University of Namibia (UNAM), thanks to a Government loan through the Namibian Students Financial Assistance Fund and his perseverance, is a true embodiment of living your dream when no one least expects you to.
Growing up with ambition to excel professionally like many Namibians Moshana says the opportunity accorded to him and many others students who were part of the first batch of locally trained medical doctors since independence is commendable and can go a long way in making sure that the country closes the current unavailability of rare skills.
Perhaps his achievements and indeed of the many other Doctors who graduated from the University of Namibia give a glimpse of hope to Government’s quest to create a knowledge based economy driven by local skills.
Although he grew up with a strong ambition for success his dream was not one that could be achieved easily as like any other Namibian growing up from humble beginnings it was never going to be easy to afford tertiary education.
At just, 24, he now stands as a qualified medical doctor and practising at Central Hospital.
“Although I was so curious in knowing what pilots do, I am grateful to be who I am today, I would not have been where I am, if it was not for NASFAF,” he says.
Like many youngsters, Moshana tried out different career paths including the ambition to be pilot until he developed a passion for medicine related studies. He has never looked back since then.
“I used to look up when planes flying in the air, so I thought I want to be the one in the piloting seat one day, however I ended up studying medicine because my dad was also a nurse but then I thought why not become on top of what my dad is already,” he says.
Moshana, attended his Primary School at the Okongo Junior Primary School from 1998 until 2000 and later enrolled at Haimbili Haufiku in Ohangwena from 2005 to 2009.
He does not consider medicine a calling but a conscious decision which one takes and develops into a career.
He stresses that many Namibians in the rural areas lack access to information that is why people end up guessing about what they want to be.
“In the North we did not know anything about being a Doctor except knowing that doctors work on patients, that is why you will find a lot of teachers in the rural areas that are not qualified due to lack of information,” he says adding that, “I want to be able to go to the rural areas and just inform the young people on the importance of education or explain the different types of careers that people can consider one day, but time and finance would not allow me to do so.”
He also believes that Namibia lacks a workforce and strategies should be put in place to address the shortage of doctors, technicians, specialists in the country.
Akin to his beliefs Namibia has in the past been relying on expatriate doctors from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya Cuba and South Africa to cater for their needs.
“A person would not like to be sent back and forth to general practitioners, for example if you are having breast problems you need to see a general practitioner first that would than refer you to the specialist who specialises in breasts and not to another normal practitioner again because there is no one that specialise in breast,” he says
Mushona who is doing his residency at the Central Hospital Postnatal Maternity Ward since January says he is on call for 24 hours.
As one of the professionals in the country Moshana believes Government needs to continue investing in Education as a measure to make sure that the country also has its own specialist doctors to serve Namibians.
“After five years I want to continue studying and become a specialist, because I feel there is a huge gap in the health sector,” he says.
He encourages many young Namibians to put all resources in their talent. “Not everyone is made to study but there are people with talent that needs to be unwrapped, to be successful is not about grades but about determination to succeed,” he says.