MoH turns the tide on the year’s early ‘blues’

Dikoloti  had to grapple with extinguishing strikes by health workers who demanded improved conditions PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Dikoloti had to grapple with extinguishing strikes by health workers who demanded improved conditions PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

From facing public backlash over drug shortages to having to defend lawsuits in the courts, it looked like 2023 would be a disastrous year for the Ministry of Health. However, as the year ends, it seems the ministry has turned around the situation and restored the public’s confidence in the public health system, observes Staff Writer GOITSEMODIMO KAELO

As early as January, Health minister, Dr Edwin Dikoloto found himself under serious pressure as he had to defend the comments he allegedly made in a leaked audio between himself and Member of Parliament for Mahalapye West, David Tshere. In the leaked telephone audio, Tshere made a call to Dikoloti telling him that residents of Mahalapye were complaining about a shortage of medication in clinics and hospitals.

Dikoloti asked Tshere to tell the relevant officers to order medication at Central Medical Stores (CMS). He also said some officers support Tshere politically and he (Tshere) must ask them to stop sabotaging Batswana.

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Routine child vaccination imperative

The recent Vaccination Day in Motokwe, orchestrated through collaborative efforts between UNICEF, USAID, BRCS, and the Ministry of Health, underscores a commendable stride towards fortifying child health services.The painful reality as reflected by the Ministry of Health's data regarding the decline in routine immunisation coverage since the onset of the pandemic, is a cause for concern.It underscores the urgent need to address the...

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