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Chinese medical staff longs for hospital surgical instruments

The Chinese medical staff at Princess Marina Hospital have resorted to carrying out some operations manually due to the hospital’s lack of surgical instruments.

 “Over a week ago we needed a stapler to do a bowel anastomosis on a patient. We had no stapler device so we resorted to the hand sewn manual method,” says Chen Zhifen, the General Surgeon and Associate Physician when in China, working as a specialist in surgery at Princess Marina Hospital. Chen says they hope that the Chinese government will be able to donate some surgical instruments to the hospital.

“Past medical teams also had these problems. But as the current team, we want to do all we can to ensure that incoming teams find equipment. We are learning to do some things manually for now, but manual can be slow, we feel we are not putting our best skills and knowledge to good use for the benefit of the country,” he says.  

Over the years, Botswana has invested millions in sending patients to South Africa for surgeries that could not be carried out because of the lack of equipment and specialised doctors. The Chinese medical staff believe they can take on the challenge and transfer relevant skills to local medical officers as long as surgical instruments are procured.

“We want to help see that all operations are done in Botswana. The radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula for hemodialysis procedure is something we could easily do here, dealing with kidney failure or renal disease, there will be no need to go to South Africa once we get the equipment,” says Chen.

If they can do this, Chen believes they will be able to save Botswana money. In the meantime, Chen and his colleagues hope to get some special parts they can assemble and start availing the health service next month. He and his team are driven by their unwavering commitments to Botswana’s health sector, the desire to do their job well, and the need to further strengthen Botswana-China relations. To this end, they are not afraid and will not be intimidated by hardships.

As a sincere friend to Botswana, China began to send medical teams to Botswana in 1981. For the past 37 years, 14 teams consisting of more than 460 Chinese doctors have worked in Botswana. By overcoming many difficulties such as faced by Chen Zhifen and his colleagues, they have helped treat and cure more than 2 million people in the country to date.

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

6th February 2023

South Korean Ambassador in South Africa has donated e-learning equipment through Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in Tlokweng recently, in a bid to fine tune the student’s textile skills.  

When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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DIS alleges plot to kill Masisi hatched in South Africa

6th February 2023

A dispute is brewing between Botswana and South Africa intelligence agencies over alleged mercenary training camps discovered in South Africa by the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS). 

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