Following the announcement by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Botswana Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama at the funeral of the late former President Sir Ketumile Masire that the former Head of State will be honoured through one or more of the country’s iconic infrastructure, the Office of the President wishes to inform the public that this morning a Cabinet decision was made to name the new University of Botswana Teaching Hospital after Sir Ketumile Masire.
The state of the art facility located at the University of Botswana in Gaborone has been renamed the Sir Ketumile Masire University Hospital.
This is in recognition of Sir Ketumile’s immense and immeasurable contribution to Botswana’s development as the Head of State from 1980 to 1998 and in full recognition of his role as the University of Botswana Chancellor from 1980 to 1998. He was reappointed Chancellor from 2008 until his passing on in June 2017.
Construction of the 450 bed University Hospital started in 2010 and it is expected to start operation in late 2017 or early 2018. The mission of the Botswana University Hospital is to provide excellence in Medical Education, Research and Patient Centred Clinical Care.
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It will also provide allied Health Services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Speech and Language Therapy, Audiology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Radiography, Prosthetics and Orthotics and Medical Health Information.The Sir Ketumile Masire University Hospital is also expected to improve medical training not only for Botswana but for the SADC region as well.
The official opening of the facility will be done upon completion.