Botswana: New Clinic Epitomises Strong Partnership

Lotlhakane West — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has described the state-of-the-art Lotlhakane West Clinic as an epitome of public, private partnerships.

Officially opening the P7 million facility donated by Mr Farouk Ismail and family, Dr Masisi said it was a reflection of strong partnerships that existed between government and its strategic partners to deliver quality health care to all Batswana.

Such partnerships were a critical component of government's active efforts to increase access to health services, the President said.

Dr Masisi said the facility would contribute towards the realisation of the vision 2036 pillar of human and social development as well as the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ensuring healthy lives and promotion of well-being for all.

The President said government's commitment to the implementation of SDGs and attainment of universal health coverage by 2030 was to ensure that communities had access to high-quality health services which were promotive, preventative, curative and rehabilitative regardless of location.

Government had therefore taken a deliberate decision to upgrade all health posts to clinics across the country, he said.

Thanking Mr Ismail for active efforts to meet government half-way, President Masisi noted that the clinic was the fourth his family had donated following those at Kajaja, Tobera and Letoreng within a space of five years.

Meanwhile, the President has urged Batswana to continue observing all health protocols including washing of hands with clean water and soap, sanitizing with alcohol-based solutions, wearing face masks in public and social distancing.

In a statement delivered by the southern region health coordinator Ms Josephine Mosimanewakgosi, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Edwin Dikoloti promised to make the health care system more efficient, responsive to the needs of Batswana and narrow health gaps within communities.

He said the facility was an upgrade from the health post that provided services such as general outpatient covering, sexual and reproductive health, child welfare clinic and anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs for Lotlhakane West and surrounding areas.

Dr Dikoloti said the old facility catered for an average of 1 123 patients on a monthly basis against a population of 1 614 as per the 2011 population census.

He expressed elation that the new facility, comprising an outpatient clinic, three consultation rooms, counselling, treatment, injection, observation records, sterilization rooms, pharmacy with drug store and dispensary would improve access to quality health care services in the village and help decongest nearby facilities.

The new facility, he said, would also provide some specialist services such as eye, visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid and loop electrosurgical excision procedure among others.

Dr Dikoloti said a resident doctor and pharmacy technician would be availed in the next financial year.

Area MP Mr Karabo Gare said the clinic would serve as one of President Masisi's, his predecessor, legacy projects.

Mr Gare, also Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, thanked Mr Ismail for delivering on his promise despite slim profit margins due to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile Lotlhakane West's Kgosi Boitshwarelo Difemo noted in his welcome remarks earlier that the project was fullfilment of promises made to them by President Masisi in 2017.

He expressed the wish for a maternity wing to be added to the facility.

Kgosi Difemo also thanked President Masisi for the installation of solar powered street lights and tarmacking of Moshupa/Lotlhakane Road.

For his part, Mr Ismail emphasised the need for businesses to have a meaningful impact on the lives of Batswana through partnerships with government.

Mr Ismail promised to heed First Lady Neo Masisi's plea to build a laboratory at Nojane Clinic in the Ghanzi District.

He also applauded Dr Masisi for leading a gallant fight against the coronavirus.

Mr Ismail and Mr Satar Dada donated 100 blankets each to needy residents.

Source : BOPA

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