The new Channel 4 documentary, Is Covid Racist?, has been a polarising point of discussion for some this week. Main speaker Dr Ronx Ikharia in particular piqued viewers’ interest. So, who is Dr. Ikharia? We take a look at their education, activism and the amazing work this A&E doctor has carried out through the years.
Who is Dr Ronx Ikharia?
Dr Ronx is a trans, non-binary A&E doctor who uses the pronouns they/them. They also work as a TV presenter and inspirational speaker.
Dr Ronx identifies as a “queer, black, androgynous intersectional feminist”.
Self-funding their way through medical school at Kings College London meant working a number of part-time jobs, including modelling, retail and even dancing in music videos.
Dr Ronx now lives and works in Hackney, east London, and commits a large amount of time to outreach programmes with young people wishing to pursue medicine, along with giving inspirational talks and interview technique sessions. Dr Ronx is also an avid runner and cyclist.
Their passion for Hackney shines through as Dr Ronx wrote on Instagram: “The quality of patient experiences and visibility and role modelling (warts and all) in my community of Hackney is important to me.”
About Chanel 4’s Is Covid Racist? documentary
Is Covid Racist? is a new Channel 4 documentary. While presenting the show, Dr Ronx asked why such a disproportionate amount of BAME people – both NHS staff and ordinary citizens – have died from covid-19.
The documentary’s main argument is split into five sections representing different parts of the covid puzzle – genetics, pre-existing medical conditions, wealth, health and institutional racism.
Presenting the programme, Dr Ronx asks important questions, such as whether, with the knowledge gained during the first wave of the pandemic, vulnerable individuals will be better protected in a second wave.
Dr Ronx’s activism
Dr Ronx believes in the phrase: “You cannot be what you cannot see”. Dr Rox is an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights, and a passionate advocate for helping people understand their own identity.
When asked what change would mean in their profession, Dr Ronx answered:
“People being aware of the lived experience of other people and being open to change, and accepting there are some things they don’t understand – but being willing to accept that this is just life, and it doesn’t mean we should regard people with suspicion, prejudice or fear – simply because we don’t understand them, their choices or ways of existing.”
Dr Ronx has appeared on other shows such as CBBC’s Operation Ouch and BBC Three’s The Unshockable Dr Ronx, giving consultations to people reluctant to go to hospital for treatment. The show focused largely on mental health and identity issues.
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