Upclose with Dr. Joseph Menge
Tell us about your journey to get to where you are.
It's been a long journey. I always wanted to be a doctor since I was small. I got the support that I needed from my family and with this I never lost focus. It's been 11 years of studying medicine and I thank God that I'm about to finish my residency in Surgery at Moi University.
What would you say is your greatest work achievement to date?
My greatest work achievement would simply be the multiple patients who have come to us in very bad states of illness and we've managed to treat them and send them home healthy.
Describe your typical patient.
My typical patient is a poor man/woman who's had sudden onset of illness that is making their life unbearable. Most of them cannot afford insurance cover that is mostly needed to do the many investigations that are needed prior surgery.
What challenges do you face in your day to day work?
These arise from the fact that healthcare is very expensive and isn't available to everyone.
Despite these challenges, tell us what keeps you going.
The patients whom we have managed to help through all these hurdles. When they get well and thank you, there is no bigger motivator.
What changes have you had to make to adjust to the ‘new normal?’
Well, I interact less with my colleagues now and I have to wear gloves before touching a patient, whereas I would prefer to touch my patients with my hands and know how they feel.
Who do you look up to in the health sector?
The many surgeons who have mentored me through my career.
What would you like to be known for in the medical world?
I would like to come up with more innovative ways of make medical services cheaper and more available to patients.