Collaboration Vital to Quality Health Care

| May 21, 2015

Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, has urged the private sector to collaborate with government in ensuring that the ministry delivers quality health care services.

Dr Madigele said this on Tuesday (May 19), at the stakeholders’ briefing organised by Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) to lay the groundwork for the first ever Botswana International Nursing Conference (BINC), which will be held in Gaborone from November 4 to 6.

The government, Dr Madigele said, found it fit to endorse BINC 2015, because it was a step in the right direction, as it provided an example of a robust partnership between government, unions and the private sector to facilitate training and development of the health care workers and ultimately ensure that Botswana attained its vision of being a compassionate, just and caring nation.

“While government is the main health care provider, we must all work in tandem and in collaboration with all stakeholders, including BONU and the private sector for the delivery of quality health care services,” he said.

Over the years, Dr Madigele said the government set up important structures and institutions within the health sector to facilitate training provisions of quality health care services and adequate resource mobilization and also strived to identify strategic initiatives and innovations that would drive the country’s health sector to new and greater heights.

Additionally, he said, government had also steadily increased its budget allocation to the Ministry of Health, which had facilitated expansion of the health infrastructure, training of health personnel and provision of quality health services to Batswana.

Today, he said, majority of Batswana lived within a radius of five kilometres of a government health facility, as it was the aim of the ministry to ensure that every Motswana had access to quality health services.

“We have built clinics, primary hospitals, health posts, referral and district hospitals all over the country to ensure easy access to health care.

We have also ensured that Botswana maintains a robust regulatory and investment climate that has attracted a number of private medical institutions to invest in the country,” he added.

The government, the Assistant Minister said had also provided running costs over time to a number of missionary hospitals, adding that nurses and other health care workers were sacred human resource.

“These people are the backbone of our health system as they provide counseling, education and care for the sick. I will be the first to admit that nurses have an immense responsibility and are at times forced to work under demanding conditions,” he said.

For that reason, he said government was doing all it could to ensure that health workers were adequately capacitated and resourced to deal with the country’s challenging health needs.

The conference themed: “Efficient and Effective Nursing Through Evidenced-informed Practice: A Key to Improved Customer Care”, will be hosted by BONU in collaboration with Aviwe Healthcare Resource and Training Institute and the Ministry of Health, as the custodian of the health sector in Botswana.

The conference is meant to aance and improve the coverage and quality of health services, demonstrate the nursing contribution to the health of individuals, families and communities and provide opportunities for an in-depth exchange of experience and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.

This dynamic gathering is expected to attract over 1000 nursing professionals, stakeholders and industry captains from all over Africa.

It will also provide an opportunity for delegates to share ideas on aancing and improving coverage and quality of nursing services, in-depth exchange of experiences and expertise within and beyond the international nursing community.

Additionally, the event will also offer a unique opportunity to communicate, align and interact with clinicians, leaders and decision-makers in nursing and health care internationally.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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