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Princess Marina compromise patients privacy and confidentiality

There are fears that haphazard keeping of patient’s medical records at Princess Marina Hospital has a potential to compromise patients privacy and confidentiality.

The damming claims were revealed in a research paper titled “Privacy and confidentiality in the management of patient records at Princess Marina Hospital” published in the European Journal of Academic Research. The paper also posit that pundits are of the view that confidentiality of medical records could be threatened leading to misappropriation and disclosure of medical records for financial gain, to cause harm or embarrassment.

University of Botswana, lead researcher Iwani Yvnove Ndabambi and her peers were of the view that patient’s privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by an unauthorized person at the hospital. According to the research paper the problem at Princess Marina was exacerbated by inadequate patient records storage, access and security of patient records which may lead to the violation of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Almost 105 interviewed people who  were comprised of medical professionals, Doctors, Nurses and others staff members felt that patients records were not safe at  the hospital.  Ndabambi also revealed that the challenges of congested storage facilities, unauthorized access and inadequate safety and security measures in safeguarding patient records was at the real problem.

“It can be concluded that since some patient records storages are not secure, patient privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by unauthorized users. This is especially true for manual patient records, but electronic patient records are also faced by the same problem since passwords are not hacker free and some computers can be left logged hence creating room for violations of patient privacy and confidentiality,” states the research paper.


The research also noted that non-existence of regulatory framework to address patient privacy and confidentiality was worrisome. According the paper the frameworks are in relation to laws, policies and procedures on safe keeping of patients’ records. It further posits that the absence of law on regulation of medical records and policies to guide management of patients records defeat the purpose of keeping patients records safe.

The researchers recommended that there is need to speed, develop and review laws on handling of patients’ records in hospital for the protection of patient records as far as privacy and confidentiality are concerned. The search findings also revealed that there were challenges of congested storage facilities, unauthorized access and inadequate safety and security measures in safeguarding patient records.


The report further state, “It can be concluded that since some patient records storages are not secure, patient privacy and confidentiality could be compromised by unauthorized users.” According to the paper this is especially true for manual patients’ records, but electronic patients records are also faced by the same problem since passwords are not hacker free and some computers can be left logged on. Opening of flood gates where everyone has access to patients’ records also creates room for violations of patient privacy and confidentiality.

The researchers recommended that Princess Marina Hospital should conduct an appraisal exercise in order to decongest the patient records storage. The decongestion would facilitate easy retrieval of patient records. According to the researchers the appraisal exercise could inform the hospital on the records that need to be destroyed and those that need permanent preservation.

The paper also advised Princess Marina Hospital to invest in the security of patient records. The paper further recommended  that the “ Offsite patient records storages should be guarded by security officers as well as install security alarm systems to alert on unauthorized intrusions to buildings.”

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.

Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021
LAWRENCE-OOKEDITSE

Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.

Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.

Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”

“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.

He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.

He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.

According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.

There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.

Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.

“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication.
The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.

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