Dr Samkelo Jiyana graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from Walter Sisulu University in 2006 and obtained a diploma in Child Health from the College of Paediatricians in 2010. It was under the mentorship of Professors Tindimwebwa at WSU and Ashraf Coovadia (Rahima Moosa-Wits) that his love for paediatrics grew.

His battle between the love of Internal Medicine and Paediatrics was won over by the children of Mount Frere after completing community service at Mount Frere, Madzikane Ka Zulu Memorial Hospital. With a diploma in HIV Management from The College of Family Physicians, Dr Jiyana also provides services in paediatric and adolescent HIV care. After having completed training at the East London Hospital Complex and The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Dr Jiyana qualified as a paediatrician in 2013. Sparked by the country’s growing need for paediatric cardiologists, Dr Jiyana pursued a fellowship in Paediatric Cardiology with the College of Paediatricians in Port Elizabeth and became a member of the Paediatric Cardiac Society of South Africa.

Dr Jiyana was awarded Best Poster for his poster on Uhl’s Anomaly at the South African Heart Congress in 2018 and conducted research and published the following articles in his field of paediatric cardiology:

  • Ductal closure in infants under 6kg including premature infants using Amplatzer duct occluder type two additional sizes: A single centre-experience in South Africa
  • Congenital Long QT Syndrome associated with complete atrioventricular block
  • Uhl’s Anomaly in an 11-year-old boy
  • Unravelling the role of Healthcare system factors for continuing care of adolescents with congenital or rheumatic heart disease: Rationale and methods of the international Adole 7c project.

As an incredibly gifted paediatric cardiologist at Dora Nginza and PE Provincial hospitals in the Eastern Cape, Dr Jiyana has extensive experience in the resuscitation of neonates and children, the management of ill children as well as neonatal and paediatric ventilation. The doctor also has experience with paediatric and neonatal fluid and nutritional management, cardiovascular imaging (paediatric and neonatal cardiac echocardiography, paediatric and neonatal X-rays), cardiovascular diagnostic angiography as well as cardiovascular interventional cardiology that includes percutaneous closure of congenital lesions, balloon angioplasties of coarctation and stenting.

As an accomplished paediatric cardiologist and a member of the European Society of Cardiologists and the South African Heart Association, Dr Samkelo Jiyana strives to resolve congenital and acquired heart disease in children and adolescents by providing holistic paediatric cardiology services involving the diagnosis and management of children with congenital and acquired heart disease and neonatal care.