Kelneal plans to bridge health gap in rural areas

THE modest medical services offered in rural areas have made 11-year-old Kelneal Munkombwe set his mind on becoming a medical doctor after completing his education.

Kelneal is a grade seven pupil at Siamakumba Primary School, situated 65km from Choma central business district, and believes people in far-off places deserve the same medical services and treatment as those in urban areas.

He says becoming a medical doctor and setting his mind to serve in the rural area will bridge the medical gap between the less and highly privileged people in society.
“My ambition is to become a doctor when I finish school. There are a lot of people who need the help of doctors in villages that is why I want to become one,” he says.
Kelneal’s desire to pursue medicine is driven by the struggles elderly people and women go through when seeking medical help.
At his age, Kelneal notes that health facilities and personnel in rural areas are scarce and wants to make a difference, especially in his community.
Kelneal’s father is a teacher by profession but Kelneal says he does not want to follow his foot-steps.
Fortunately for him, he has his father’s support in his dream of becoming a medical doctor.
He enjoys mathematics, science and English at school.
Kelneal says his father, Passwell Munkombwe, the head teacher at Siamakumba Primary School, encourages him to study hard and concentrate on studies in order to achieve his desires.
Kelneal aims at getting over 700 marks at grade seven and qualifying to Choma Secondary School for his secondary education.
He pays proper attention to lessons in class and always asks whenever he is not clear.
Kelneal says he topped his class in the second term but disappointingly came number five in the first term of this year’s academic calendar.
He enjoys athletics and is a member of the school athletics team. He runs 100 metres dash.
Kelneal also enjoys playing games on computers and downloading educative materials on the internet.
A child is supposed to follow his parents’ foot-steps in choosing a career, so they say, but Kelneal has refused to study teaching like his father and opted to become a medical doctor.


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