Viwe Mtwesi, the youngest heart specialist in SA.
South Africa’s youngest cardiologist had received offers from at least three public hospitals, but was unable to accept them as she wanted to continue her education.
This is according to the Gauteng Health Department, in reaction to a City Press article on Dr Viwe Mtwesi.
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âWe are pleased with the progress that Dr. Mtwesi has made over the past seven years that she has spent with us, and we can only wish her the best of luck in her studies. Although we didn’t expect her to leave us so soon, we couldn’t stop her from pursuing her dreams abroad, âsaid Dr Merika Tsitsi, head of internal medicine at the hospital. scholar Chris Hani Baragwanath.
Gauteng’s health department said Mtwesi received offers from Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke University Hospital and Helen Joseph Hospital, but was unable to accept the offers because she was continuing his studies abroad.
âThere is no way we would have closed our doors to Dr Mtwesi. It is a well known fact that the country needs cardiologists and in the midst of it I find these unfounded allegations unfortunate and just a smear campaign to try to tarnish the image of the department, âTsitsi said.
âI even tried to persuade her to work with us while she waited for her departure in July, but again, due to her busy schedule, that couldn’t materialize. I am pleased that she has made a commitment to return and contribute to the delivery of quality health services in our public sector.
When contacted for a response to the department’s statement, Mtwesi did not respond to any City Press correspondence.
City Press reported this week that Mtwesi was unemployed after his contract at Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital ended in December and was not renewed. She was due to study at Queens University in Canada later this year.
Mtwesi told City Press she was focusing on her private business, which deals with medical tourism.
She had asked Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital to sponsor her studies in electrophysiology, but she was turned down. She then managed to secure a private sponsor.