President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has declined to accept the resignation of the deputy Coordinator of the Covid-19 Task Force. In an unexpected turn of events, the Covid-19 Task Force Deputy Coordinator, Professor Mosepele Mosepele on Thursday tendered his resignation after an alleged protracted tussle with the Ministry of Health and the Performance Improvement Committee (PIC).
In a statement authored by the Press Secretary to the President, Batlhalefi Leagajang, the Office of the President confirmed receipt of the resignation letter but it has not been accepted. The President was scheduled to meet Professor Mosepele today (Saturday)
Reports indicate that Mosepele’s exit from the Task Force team has been looming large as he could not stomach the frustrations he encountered anymore. Mosepele handed his resignation to President Mokgweetsi Masisi yesterday. It is reported that the bone of contention is the continuous side-lining of the Task Team by the Ministry of Health and PIC. PIC is made of ministry permanent secretaries.
Mosepele ultimately succumbed to the pressures and sabotages from senior officials within the Ministry and the PIC making it rather impossible for the Task Team to execute their duties, a source indicated. Adding on to this sources further revealed that for Mosepele it is more about protecting his integrity than anything else.
“Imagine having to endure sabotage from people who do not want to do things by the book, Mosepele’s decision is merely about protecting his reputation. He is a renowned professional. The mix up happening in efforts to curb Covid-19 is what will lead this country into disrepute. His exit is a major loss to the task force team. ”
A local newspaper also revealed that the fight between the task force team and the Ministry of Health boiled over last week after it emerged that the Ministry of Health had entered into a secret Covid-19 deal with the Atlanta based US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) behind the task force team’s back.
The deal, according to the source, is meant to provide solutions to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Mosepele joined the Covid-19 Task Force, following an appointment by President Mokgweetsi Masisi. He was poached from the University of Botswana where he is the Acting Deputy Dean; Research and Graduate Education in the Faculty of Medicine.
He is also an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease and Head Medicine in the Faculty. He has also served as a senior lecture in the Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Clinical Epidemiology for four years. Efforts to reach Professor Mosepele failed as his phone rang unanswered.
COVID 19 Presidential Taskforce Team Coordinator Dr. Kereng Masupu refused to comment on the alleged resignation of his deputy. Speaking to WeekendPost yesterday (Friday), Dr. Masupu was cagey with the details instead referring all inquiries on the matter to Office of the President. “Please direct your questions related to this matter to Mr. Andrew Sesinyi or Mr. Batlhalefi Leagajang at Office of the President,” he said briefly.
Minister of Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration, Kabo Morwaeng together with Permanent Secretary to the President (PSP) Elias Magosi, this week refused to name and shame the worst performing Ministries and to disclose the best performing Ministries since beginning of 12th parliament including the main reasons for underperformance.
Of late there have been a litany of complaints from both ends of the aisle with cabinet members accused of providing parliament with unsatisfactory responses to the questions posed. In fact for some Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) backbenchers a meeting with the ministers and party leadership is overdue to address their complaints. Jwaneng-Mabutsane MP, Mephato Reatile is also not happy with ministers’ performance.
Bokamoso Private Hospital is battling a P10 million legal suit for a botched fibroids operation which resulted in a woman losing an entire womb and her prospects of bearing children left at zero.
The same suit has also befallen the Attorney General of Botswana who is representing the Ministry of Health and Wellness for their contributory negligence of having the unlawful removal of a patient, Goitsemang Magetse’s womb.
According to the court papers, Magetse says that sometimes in November 2019, she was diagnosed with fibroids at Marina Hospital where upon she was referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital to schedule an appointment for an operation to remove the fibroids, which she did.
Magetse continues that at the instance of one Dr Li Wang, the surgeon who performed the operation, and unknown to her, an operation to remove her whole womb was conducted instead. According to Magetse, it was only through a Marina Hospital regular check-up that she got to learn that her whole womb has been removed.
“At the while she was under the belief that only her fibroids have been removed. By doing so, the hospital has subjected itself to some serious delictual liability in that it performed a serious and life changing operation on patient who was under the belief that she was doing a completely different operation altogether. It thus came as a shock when our client learnt that her womb had been removed, without her consent,” said Magetse’s legal representatives, Kanjabanga and Associates in their summons.
The letter further says, “this is an infringement of our client‘s rights and this infringement has dire consequences on her to the extent that she can never bear children again”. ‘It is our instruction therefore, to claim as we hereby do, damages in the sum of BWP 10,000,000 (ten million Pula) for unlawful removal of client’s womb,” reads Kanjabanga Attorneys’ papers. The defendants are yet to respond to the plaintiff’s papers.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are tumors made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue. They develop in the uterus. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of women will develop fibroids in their lifetime — however, not everyone will develop symptoms or require treatment.
The most important characteristic of fibroids is that they’re almost always benign, or noncancerous. That said, some fibroids begin as cancer — but benign fibroids can’t become cancer. Cancerous fibroids are very rare. Because of this fact, it’s reasonable for women without symptoms to opt for observation rather than treatment.
Studies show that fibroids grow at different rates, even when a woman has more than one. They can range from the size of a pea to (occasionally) the size of a watermelon. Even if fibroids grow that large, we offer timely and effective treatment to provide relief.
The Alliance for Progressives (AP) President Ndaba Gaolathe has said that despite major accolades that Botswana continues to receive internationally with regard to the state of economy, the prospects for the future are imperilled.
Delivering his party Annual Policy Statement on Thursday, Gaolathe indicated that Botswana is in a state of do or die, and that the country’s economy is on a sick bed. With a major concern for poverty, Gaolathe pointed out that almost half of Botswana’s people are ravaged by or are about to sink into poverty. “Our young people have lost the fire to dream about what they could become,” he said.