Professor’s suicide highlights mental illness among doctors caused by brutal working conditions

Professor’s suicide highlights mental illness among doctors caused by brutal working conditions

- Dr Bongani Mayosi was viewed as one of the country’s best cardiologists, his apparent suicide on Friday has sent shockwaves through the medical fraternity

- Mayosi reportedly suffered from depression for at least two years leading up to his death which was reportedly caused by work pressure

- The South African Medical Association has now established a support system for other medical professionals who are overworked, stressed and depressed

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The South African medical community has been left shocked by the apparent suicide of one of its brightest stars. Dr Bongani Mayosi reportedly ended his own life on Friday after suffering from severe depression for at least the last two years.

The source Mayosi’s depression has been attributed to work pressure and working incredibly long hours. Mayosi was the dean of health sciences and a cardiology professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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Mayosi’s death has caused the medical community to take a look inwards and admit that doctors and healthcare professionals did a stellar job of taking care of their patients but failed to take care of their own health.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the South African Medical Association (SAMA) has moved swiftly and established a support network for other medical professionals who might be suffering from depression caused by workplace stress.

SAMA chairperson Mzukisi Grootboom said brutally long working hours coupled with crippling workloads caused stress, depression and other mental issues among doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Citizen.co.za reported that SAMA’s figures from 2017 indicate that South Africa had a severe shortage of cardiologists. The report claims there are only 175 registered cardiologists in South Africa and only 35 of those currently work in the public sector or in a training position of some kind.

This shortage is exacerbated by heart diseases being one of the leading causes of death in South Africa.

Mayosi was seen as not only one of South Africa’s best but one of the world’s best cardiologists. His work on discovering the root causes of heart failure through research about genetic mutations has been hailed as one of the most significant discoveries in the field of cardiology in recent years.

Mayosi was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe in 2009 for his pioneering work.

Medical professionals, students and colleges have paid tribute to Mayosi.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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