Lack of Human Resource Poses Challenges

| January 27, 2015

Despite efforts made so far to enhance quality health service delivery to the general public, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) is still faced with a number of challenges, Assistant Minister of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele, has said.

Dr Madigele said this when officiating at the 1st Princess Marina Hospital Stakeholders Pitso themed: Working Together Towards An Effective Health Service, on Friday, January 23.

One of the major constraints in the provision of health care services, the assistant minister said, was inadequate health workforce.

“The human resource for health challenges we are currently experiencing are a consequence of many and varied factors such as underproduction, unattractive working conditions, staff turnover and inadequate budgets,” he said.

Another challenge, he said, was the maintenance of health facilities and medical equipment, adding that the involvement of partners in this area was critical.

“We just don’t have the capacity as government to handle the volumes and complexity of the physical infrastructure at our disposal,” he added.

Dr Madigele said drug availability and distribution was also another area of concern. Currently, he said Botswana imported all its drugs and medical supplies, adding that this was “why we would like to invite prospective investors to set up in Botswana.”

Furthermore, he said despite social and economic development, Dr Madigele said HIVAIDS remained a scourge and a threat. He also added that infant and maternal mortality also remained as high as 17 out of 1 000 live births and 148 out of 100 000 live births, respectively.

“Evidence of demographic and epidemiological transitions has also seen increase in Cardio-Vascular Diseases, cancer, Diabetes and other non-communicable conditions,” he said.

Additionally, Dr Madigele said due to shortage of specialised care, a large number of special and complex conditions, continued to be referred both within and out of the country.

In his welcome remarks, PMH superintendent, Dr Kelebogile Motumise said PMH was currently undergoing accreditation process in order to improve quality of services and provide best outcomes for patients.

At the moment, PMH superintendent said PMH management and staff had identified the following challenges as top priority for urgent attention overcrowding, drug availability, shortage of space and staff welfare issues.

To address these challenges, he said they had come up with initiatives such as customer care, devolution of services, drug availability stock-outs, facility maintenance management, outsourcing of non-core services and autologous blood transfusion service (whereby patients donate their own blood for future use).

The Pitso that was organised by PMH management and staff, was meant to introspect on the provision of excellent health services to the general public, strategise on better working conditions with stakeholders, share ideas and experiences with the view of improving services and come up with initiatives and innovations in finding solutions to challenges faced.

Participants were also given feedback on some of the issues that were raised during the previous community Pitso meetings, most of which were meant to address the challenges faced in delivering quality health service to the general public.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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