Dr. Zanele Balang, MBBS, DM Paediatrics
Dr. Zanele Balang is a registered Paediatrician at Doctors Hospital who is originally from Botswana, where she received her early education. She moved to Trinidad and Tobago in 2002 to pursue her medical education. During her medical career, she has worked in The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, and now the Cayman Islands. Her training and work experience in the Caribbean has afforded her a universal skill set with respect to common medical illnesses and epidemiological trends in the region as well as knowledge of international guidelines. Her cross-cultural experiences have provided valuable understanding and insight in dealing with children and families from various backgrounds, socioeconomic status, cultural and religious beliefs.
Dr. Balang is a graduate of The University of the West Indies. She obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the St Augustine Campus. She subsequently pursued specialty training and obtained a Doctor of Medicine Pediatrics from the Mona Campus.
Dr. Balang has worked as a Paediatrician in Nassau, Bahamas in various capacities throughout her career. These included Pediatric Emergency Room, Specialty Clinics, Primary Care and Neonatal Intensive Care. She worked in a tertiary level NICU at the Princess Margaret Hospital where she attended high-risk deliveries and garnered experience and skills required to take care of premature infants and term infants who encounter challenges at birth. Dr. Balang also worked extensively in the neonatal transport team which provides in-flight management of critically ill newborns. She is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Her area of special interest is childhood chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Sickle Cell Disease, Asthma, Allergies, Lupus, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy and Hypertension. It is her belief that these patients require an advocate to care for the whole child and help them navigate the healthcare system and life.
After spending over a decade in the field of medicine, Dr. Balang understands all too well the need for a Paediatrician who can take care of a child’s entire healthcare needs from birth to adolescent. As a mom, she knows how challenging it can be to see a different doctor every time and thus developed a passion for a concierge-style (or medical home) model of practice that promotes doctor to patient relationship. She is excited to bring her diverse experience in various aspects of Paediatrics under one roof.
As part of her dedication to child health, she enjoys giving talks to different organisations and the public about issues that affect children.