Two Doctors Resign in Selebi Phikwe

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Only two doctors resigned at Selebi Phikwe Hospital in the first quarter of 2014, says Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Health, Dr Alfred Madigele.

He said the two resigned without giving reasons in their resignation letters. Dr Madigele said the two doctors were not replaced due to the shortage of doctors in the country, adding that doctors would be deployed to the hospital once the situation of doctors across the country improved.

He said the Selebi Phikwe District Health Management Team (DHMT) comprised a district and a mine hospital, which were privately run, and seven clinics, two of which provide 24 hour services.

Dr Madigele further said the clinics were divided into three clusters, namely Botshabelo area, which covers Botshabelo 24 hours with a maternity wing, and Lesole Clinic covering an estimated population of 52 694.

He said the Ikageng area covered south east extension and Tapologo Clinic with a maternity wing, whereas western area covered Kagiso, Sesame, and Industrial clinics with an estimated population of 52 694.

He said the DHMT had 13 doctors of which seven were based at the hospital and six at the clinics, with two per cluster.

He said five doctors had left the DHMT during 2014 with two resigning during the first quarter of the year one transferred in August this year and three recently transferred on promotion to DHMT’s

Dr Madigele said currently one doctor had been transferred in, but had not yet reported, adding that the ministry did not have an adequate number of medical officers to fill the vacancies left by promoted doctors.

He said Selibe Phikwe DHMT needed four more doctors as they were now running a LEEP clinic for cervical cancer, and two 24 hour clinics. “Doctors are entitled to get offs following calls, hence the need for more doctors”, he said.”

Dr Madigele,was responding to a question asked by Member of Parliament for Selibe Phikwe West, Mr Dithapelo Keorapetse who had wanted the minister to state the number of doctors who resigned at the Selibe Phikwe Hospital, in 2014 and their reasons for resignation and if they were replaced.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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