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Clinics to return to Local Government- Molale



Government has confirmed that clinics will be returned to the Local Government after they were placed under the central government a decade ago.

The revelations were made by the Minister of Local Government Eric Molale during a series of kgotla meetings he addressed in his Good-Hope-Mabule constituency in January, and were buttressed by Assistant Minister of Health, Sethomo Lelatisitswe, last Friday in parliament.

“As you may all be aware that one of President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s priorities was Decentralization, we are considering taking clinics back to where they were – the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development,” he said when responding to comments from MPs on the question that was asked related to poor state of government health facilities across the country.

 The Assistant Minister also said that the government is going to bring a Health Quality Bill in the near future that will set up an Independent Health Inspectorate. The Inspectorate will be responsible for provision of regulatory policies, standards and guidelines for monitoring the health sector licensing and their periodic auditing as well as ensure adherence to norms and service standards.

“My ministry is aware of the challenges that the health facilities face and issues of standards adherence. Currently, the Office of Director of Health Services, through regulatory bodies, address issues of regulation and patient safety.  In addition, in the restructuring of the ministry, there has been an upgrade of monitoring of health services by forming a Department of health Services Monitoring and Evaluation and quality assurance that was there in the previous structure,” the Assistant Minister said as MPs threw questions at him on how he intends to solve the shortage of doctors, nurses and drugs in hospitals and clinics.

MP for Francistown West, Ignatius Moswaane, asked the minister why he claims to have professionals in his ministry whilst some machines have been lying broken down and idle at Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital in Francistown.

Meanwhile, The Voice has in good authority that the biggest challenge that the ministry is facing is that it has taken on the responsibility of maintenance of its equipment and in many instances there are no skilled personnel to repair such machines.

In other countries, and even government departments here, the maintenance of machinery is outsourced to private companies or even the manufacturer.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax



Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe



Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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