Healthcare Service Expands to Meet Demand

| April 9, 2015

Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, says the country’s healthcare services have expanded significantly in terms of services that are being offered and the complexity of the available services is in line with the growth of the population and the development of the country.

This, he stated in Parliament, came with challenges in competiveness for attracting the desired human resources, in supply chain management and indeed in health financing to meet the increasing expectations of the populace.

However, he said waiting time remains a challenge and there are instances of waiting times of up to six hours at both Extension 2 and Princess Marina Hospital. Dr Madigele said his ministry is also implementing other initiatives to reduce waiting time for services at health care facilities, which included efficient booking systems, increasing the number of specialists and opening of 24hour clinics to provide round the clock service.

In greater Gaborone, he said the public is encouraged to visit clinics close to them before going to Princess Marina Hospital to avoid congestion and long waiting times for services.

Gaborone North MP, Mr Haskins Nkaigwa had asked if the minister is aware that the status of Botswana’s health system has extremely deteriorated to the extent that patients have to queue more than six hours with some losing lives in the queue at Extension 2 and Princess Marina Referral Hospital.

Mr Nkaigwa also wanted to know what is being done to normalize this situation.

Source : Parliament

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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