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Two black East London doctors shine in male-dominated sector

Two black East London doctors shine in male-dominated sector

East London’s two black female radiologists – the only ones in the Eastern Cape operating in the private sector, have joined forces to form a private practise called Triple M Radiologists.

Radiology is a scarce and predominantly a male-dominated sector in South Africa.

The Eastern Cape-born radiologists, Dr Nomhle Makaula-Chimusoro and Dr Nwabisa Macingwane- Ngcuka both completed their registrar training Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and decided to come back home to utilize their skills.

There are currently only four private radiology practices in the province, based in Queenstown, Port Elizabeth and East London.

“Unfortunately radiologists are scarce. Frere Hospital only has one part-time radiologist and Cecilia Makiwane has two part-time radiologists,” Makaula-Chimusoro told Daily Dispatch.

Dr Macingwane-Ngcuka said Triple M was established in 2012, however it was officially opened for operations in October 2013.

The company currently employs 10 people in total- five of which are based in Mthatha and the other five in East London.

“You know when you come into a space where there has never been a second private practice…we knew we had to be vigilant, we had to pay attention to detail in setting up the practice.

“Our typical client would be the referring physicians, doctors, GPs and surgeons,” Macingwane-Ngcuka said.

Triple M provides a variety of medical services and have been doing a lot of mammograms to combat breast cancer related deaths in women.

Image courtesy: radiology.queensu.ca