When fully operational, the Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is expected to avert the need for the government of Botswana to refer patients to the Republic of South Africa and other countries like India for high level care, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Ruth Maphorisa has said.
SKMTH is expected to be fully operational early next year (2019). The hospital, it is expected will save government millions of Pula, and relieve pressure from Botswana’s major public health care providers, Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) and Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital when it comes to elite patients. The hospital will also come as competition for private hospitals such as Bokamoso Private Hospital and Gaborone Private Hospital.
The hospital, located on the grounds of the University of Botswana campus in Gaborone, is a 450 bed quaternary hospital. The mandate of the hospital when fully functional is threefold: which will be to provide world class medical services at a quaternary level, to work in conjunction with the University of Botswana School of Health Services to provide world class health education, and lastly to act as a hub for health research.
It is hoped that the hospital will attract the best clinical and academic staff in the region, possibly internationally, and will be a destination of choice for clients seeking world class cost effective medical services. The hospital, according to Maphorisa will operate as a quaternary hospital. “It will fit into the apex of a healthcare referral ecosystem that entails the two regional tertiary hospitals, namely PMH and Nyangabgwe Referral Hospitals, which will refer into SKMTH for super-specialized health services.”
For a long time the government has been sending patients to India and South Africa for average and complicated surgeries. A whopping P 627 504 802 was spent on South African hospitals between 2014 and 2017 while Indian hospitals gobbled P13 million from the ministry between 2015 and 2017.
Upon full commissioning, SKMTH will offer broad areas of service like; Critical and Trauma Care, Women and Child Care, Cardiac Care Comprehensive Oncology Care, Nephrology and Transplant Services, Internal Medicine, Surgical Services and Allied Health Services.
Most of these cases have been referred across the borders. Reasons to transfer patients to private facilities outside borders ranged from complicated cases, lack of proper equipment and infrastructure in the local hospitals. Both Marina and Nyangabgwe are said to be lacking capacity in the three components to do the work with diligence. Additionally, Maphorisa says SKMTH will train and produce international standard healthcare professionals for the entire national healthcare system, and beyond.
“Through research, SKMTH will lead in the development of health solutions for its population and community, such as vaccines and new modalities of treating and managing emerging and established health challenges,” she told WeekendPost. Based on on-going project commissioning work, it is reasonably anticipated that official opening of SKMTH will be in March/ April 2019.
The three areas of concern for the local health fraternity has always been Oncology, nephrology and ophthalmology. Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Nephrology is a specialty of medicine and pediatrics that concerns itself with the kidneys.
An online platform, medical.com defines it as “the study of normal kidney function and kidney disease, the preservation of kidney health, and the treatment of kidney disease, from diet and medication to renal replacement therapy (dialysis and kidney transplantation).” Nephrology also studies disease conditions that affect the kidneys, such as diabetes and autoimmune disease; and systemic diseases that occur as a result of kidney disease, such as renal osteodystrophy and hypertension.
On the other hand vision health says Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery (both methods are used) that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit. The SKMTH project is the first of its kind in Botswana, both in terms of magnitude and complexity. The Vision of the hospital is anchored on providing unmatched regional excellence in the areas of clinical care, education and research.
The painstaking process of procuring and receiving equipment, finalizing the business plan, finalizing and executing an organizational structure and culture that will deliver to the aspirations of the project, developing management operating systems, processes, procedures and quality standards, is one that is being approached with the utmost care and caution, while balancing that with the need for a timely opening to serve the needs of the community/nation.
The capital expenditure has been in the region of 2 billion Pula. Operating costs are still being defined as part of the business plan for effect next Government financial year. The idea to open the facility came as the government wants to position Botswana as one of the leading health centres. The facility was named Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) after the late Sir Ketumile Masire, who was the second president of this republic.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.