Francistown — Francistown City Council has signed a lease agreement with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to use Gerald Estates hostels as a rehabilitation centre.
The mayor of Francistown, Ms Sylvia Muzila explained that the facilities had not been operational due to financial constraints, and that they found it fit to work with the ministry in order to use the facility as a rehabilitation centre.
Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Haruna Jibril said for a long time, the ministry had no place for rehabilitation purposes, and that the facility was a stepping stone to having rehabilitation services for Batswana.
He applauded the city council for the support they had shown, noting that it would not only benefit the Francistown community but the whole nation since it was the first and only facility in the county that would be providing specialised medical rehabilitation services.
He emphasised that rehabilitation was for the whole population, and that its primary purpose was to reduce disability and improve the capacity to function by all individuals with different health conditions.
Dr Jibril explained that the rehabilitation centre was envisaged to attend to people with neurological conditions such as spinal cord injuries, strokes and head injuries and children with cerebral palsy and other conditions such as musculoskeletal like amputees, arthritis and burns.
"This facility will open more doors for many and more Batswana will become function despite their different health conditions, including ageing ones," he noted.
Dr Jibril further encouraged the city council to continue working with them in order to get maximum results.
He said the facilities would be remodelled to suit the requirements of rehabilitation. He added that the facility would operate in three phases, and that in 2018/19 phase one would have 20 beds and outpatient services for different services.
He said phase two would add more dependent clients such as those with quadriplegia while phase three would include orthopaedic patients, including post-surgery.
Source : BOPA