Friday, July 12, 2024

MoH, BONU and NMCB react to TikTok video – not service delivery crisis in hospitals

In a curious attempt to “apologise” for an extreme case of professional misconduct at Princess Marina Referral Hospital in Gaborone, the Ministry of Health only succeeded in tying itself in knots but it is not alone. While they don’t use the word “apology”, the Nurses and Midwives Council of Botswana (NMCB) and the Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) also express shock about something that everyone knows to be a daily occurrence in government health facilities.

From children to adults, Ramatlabama to Ramokgwebana, each person who has been to a government health such facility can tell at least 10 stories about horrific experiences they have had there at the hands of health professionals. One such story has been turned into a viral TikTok video that has garnered 297 000 views – the follow-up video garnered 306 000 views.

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