In a bid to grow the sector, players in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fraternity have formed an association that will also help influence policy.
Simon Modisaeman, the Managing Director Emergency Assist 991, a member of the new association, told Sunday Standard that the idea behind the association is to promote and develop the Emergency Medical Services industry through public awareness.
“Yes, I do confirm that we have finally formed the Emergency Medical Services Association, which has been officially registered on the 23rd November 2009,” said Modisaeman.
The association, which has been muted over time, is registered under the name Botswana Emergency Medical Services Association (BEMSA).
The founding members are Emergency Assist 991, MRI Botswana Limited and Rescue One (Pty) Ltd.
Modisaeman said at the moment they are faced with the task of putting together the structures and formulating the executive committee to take the association forward.
The association is being run by an interim committee headed by the acting chairperson, Dr Khumoetsile Mapitse, of MRI Botswana.
Modisaeman said the administration of the association shall be entrusted to the executive committee consisting of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Vice Secretary, Treasurer and two additional Committee members to elect at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The association is yet to go for an AGM.
BEMSA objectives are to promote and develop all sector of the Emergency Medical Services industry through public awareness.
It will also influence national policy to enhance Botswana’s strategy to be the Regional Health Hub while also contributing to job creation and economic growth.
On the other hand, it will provide assistance in formulating quality national Emergency Medical Services training programmes, which will aid in developing the local industry to global standard
Most importantly, it will act as a governing body to all the Emergency Medical Services providers for them to provide the quality services of global standard.