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Government blunders with nurses again

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With continued call for prioritising front liner workers, Botswana Government through the Greater Gaborone District Health Management Team (GGDHMT) this week made a costly call, once again exposing loop holes in the system.

The Botswana Government had committed through court documents to provide Personal Protective Equipment /Clothing, (PPE), clothing, accommodation, transportation to front liner staff, something which they back tracked on this week.

In a leaked memo signed by GGDHMT top management referenced ‘assessment of support for Covid-19 activities ” government dramatically decided to withdraw transport and food support to front line workers.

The memo reads in part ‘in assessing progress made and resources put in the fight agains the Covid-19 pandemic, it is our view that some of the activities are sustainable going forward. We have the decided to suspend the following with effect from 22 April 2020, feeding members of staff involved with the Covid-19 activities and transporting staff to and from their residential places’.

The shock memo sent confusion amongst staff who shared their fears with The Voice Online.

“We risk our lives everyday for the country. We cannot be treated and be tossed from one pillar to the other. Government promised to provide the necessary services in a court order. For starters public transport has been stopped because of lockdown, how do we get to work,” a staff member who preferred to remain anonymous with fear of victimisation, shared with The Voice Online.

Reached for comment, the Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) President Obone Rahube was not a happy man. Rahube said: “The ministry made an undertaking to provide the necessary needs for staff, especially those at borders, quarantine and isolation areas. Out of nowhere they have now come up with this memo that they will stop the support they committed to providing for staff.”

Asked further what could have led to the decision Rahube said: “When it comes to transport they said that they have constraints, but we offered solutions in that they could easily borrow transport from those ministries which have completely shut down. They have no reasoning really.”

By time of going to press this morning, Government had released a memo withdrawing the memo dated 22 April. Efforts to reach GGDHMT top management proved futile as their ohones rang unanswered

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Dr Gure’s anti climax

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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

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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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