Doctor follows dream from Uganda to Stawell

Doctor Eleazer Okwor-Ojwang has joined the team of General Practitioners at Stawell Medical Centre.

Known as 'Dr Eleazer', the GP is originally from Uganda and studied medicine in China after receiving an academic scholarship.

With family in Newcastle and Adelaide, he moved to Australia in 2011 where he worked for more than two years at a medical centre in the rural town of Kurri Kurri, New South Wales.

Dr Eleazer moved to Stawell just before Christmas with his wife Molly Andruru, who is studying aged care and 20-month old daughter Eleana Zion O'Kwor.

"We really like Stawell and have settled in well," Dr Eleazer said.

"Most weekends we visit a different part of the region and we are making new friends."

Dr Eleazer is also studying his GP Fellowship to be fully recognised for his skills in Australia.

Dr Eleazer said he enjoyed the opportunity to work in the Stawell Hospital's Urgent Care Centre.

"It's good to be able to have that experience at the hospital and get to know the staff there," he said.

"I also get to liaise with the bigger hospitals like Ballarat Base and follow through care with my patients."

Before moving to Australia Dr Eleazer worked as a GP in rural Uganda.

"We had limited access to electricity and running water," he said.

"I experienced some of the worst medical cases and there was no social health care like there is here. I find that's a big difference between both countries."

Dr Eleazer said he appreciated Stawell locals welcoming his family to the community and looked forward to developing long-term relationships with his patients.

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