Meet Government Halfway – Madigele

| May 11, 2015

Being healthy is a two way journey, which requires efforts from individuals as well as help from government, the Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele has said.

Addressing a kgotla meeting in Mathangwane on Thursday (May 7), Dr Madigele said often people tend to criticise the government on all health issues, forgetting that it is also their responsibility to look after themselves in order for them to have a healthy life.

He said Batswana should do away with such and focus on helping the government to care for their health, noting that so far the government has put in place many policies, which are aimed at giving Batswana the best health services.

The assistant minister noted that there are some people who do not seem to value what the government is doing, citing that a lot of money is being used in acquiring the best medications for those in need of it, but shockingly they default on their treatment.

He lamented that it results in the government spending much on drugs for such patients as some diseases become complicated.

Dr Madigele therefore appealed to the residents that they should encourage their friends and family members who are undergoing some treatment to be committed in their treatment and not make health staff chase after them in order for them to correctly follow their prescription orders.

He informed them that there is shortage of hypertension (BP) tablets across the country, noting that this is as result of the supply failing to meet demand. As such, he said the ministry is in a process to change the treatment of such tablets to something, which they can easily get in the market.

He however emphasised that prior to the implementation of the change, there will be consultation with the public on the process. In addition, Dr Madigele explained to the residents that many health facilities are going to be refurbished with many, which have maternity wings installed with backup generators for use in time of power cuts.

Commenting on the assistant minister’s updates, the residents complained that some health staff is not treating patients well. They highlighted that patients would have come very early in the mornings only to get help hours later with some having lost hope of ever being assisted.

Furthermore, they complained about the current arrangement in which ambulances are stationed at a particular facility, in their case at Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital (NRH) in Francistown.

One of the residents, Mr Kenosi Mabalane explained that when the arrangement started, they were told it was a pilot project, but it has since been implemented without them being consulted to give feedback on the arrangement.

He pointed out that with their facility being a health haven to more than seven villages and the road users of A3 road, it will be wise if they could have an ambulance stationed at their clinic throughout even though it is not a 24-hour facility.

In his response, Dr Madigele said the ministry has received some negative feedback on some staff members who ill-treat the public and they do not tolerate such and action will be taken against such individuals.

Regarding the ambulances, he said they have set up an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Francistown and they are therefore hopeful that ambulance services will improve while they are still waiting to have an ambulance at the facility.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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