Friday, December 3, 2021

New hospital providing alternative for Ghetto

Construction of the 150 bed Indus Healthcare Academic Hospital is set to provide a valuable healthcare alternative for the residents of Francistown and surrounding areas. The construction of the hospital is a continuation of the long standing cooperation between India and Botswana in the health sector. The two phased construction of the hospital commenced with the first phase of 75 Beds beginning construction last month. 

The investment sees significant involvement of Indian architectural and design teams, Foreign Subsidiaries of Indian Banks, Indian exports of hospital equipment and bio-medical hospital devices etc. 

The first installment of a grant-in-aid in the health sector between the two countries was in the form of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, worth Pula 1.35 million, handed over to the Botswana in November 2011. The second installment, in the form of entomology and laboratory equipment, hospital equipment and furniture, worth P3 million was handed over to Botswana in December 2012.

The partnership has also seen the establishment of a tele-medicine e-network facility at the Nyangabgwe Hospital in Francistown with supply of medical equipment by government of India. It has two components namely Continual Medical Education (CME) and Tele-Consultation. 

The CME schedule and topics are circulated by All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi and monthly schedules of topics are circulated to the National Coordinator and Local Coordinator for the benefit of Doctors and Students at the Nyangabgwe Hospital. “We need to give impetus for optimal utilization of the Tele-medicine e-network facility in Francistown as it is fully functional since middle of 2012,” India’s High Commissioner to Botswana Dr Ketan Shukla said at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Academic Hospital held at the new hospital site recently. 

Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (New Delhi, India) also conducted Botswana Cataract Blindness Campaign at the Sekgoma Memorial Hospital in Serowe. Dr Shukla said more than 500 sight restoration surgeries were performed between 7th and 18th November 2016. “Dr. Thuso Iketlengo (Ophthalmologist, Scottish Hospital, Molepolole) and Tshepiso Sethunya Montsho (Ophthalmic Nurse) have been nominated for the course on Eye Care Training (Ophthalmology, Optometry & Ophthalmic Nursing) at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital from 1st March to 30th March, 2017 while four doctors are being considered for a training programme at Apollo Hospital in the year 2017,” Dr. Shukla said.

Tertiary Clinical Services in partnership with the government of Botswana, covering eight largest hospitals under the Ministry of Health with over 50,000 medical procedures have been performed annually since 2014 as part of the partnership between the two countries. Having provided models for cost-effective and adaptable medical services in serving middle and lower income India, the Indus Healthcare currently are providing medical and medical-support services in Southern and Eastern Africa. 

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