Gov't U-turns on prohibitive medical policy


Government has abandoned a health policy that denied medical coverage to people injured during alcohol-related incidents including those associated with suicide and lung cancer.

This subsequently led to the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) dropping the legal action it pursued at the High Court.

The health policy, which was introduced in March 29, 2017 through a savingram by permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Shenaaz El-Halabi during former President Ian Khama’s administration stated that the implementation of removal of medical cover for self-inflicted injuries will be on; drunk-driving, riding motorbikes without helmet, failure to use seat belts for self or children as passengers, participation in riots and mass gatherings involving violence leading to injury, lung cancer associated with tobacco and tobacco products, and attempted suicide related to alcohol or drug abuse.

Editor's Comment
Respect public institutions Mr Pres

Leaders must uphold the rule of law and ensure justice, but Masisi’s remarks raise serious concerns on the separation of powers and the independence of the justice system.Masisi’s claim that he personally instructed authorities not to handcuff Khama, regardless of the legal circumstances, undermines the principles of justice and equality before the law.As Head of State, Masisi should respect the judicial process and avoid interfering in...

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