The Minister of Health Ms Dorcas Makgato is aware that some clinics within greater Gaborone, District Management Health Team do not have backup generators. Answering a question in Parliament, she said the situation was worsened by high number of clinics in the country as well as financial constraints therefore it was not possible to procure generators for all clinics.
Priority, she said has been given to provide backup generators at all clinic with maternity and those providing services 24 hours and would be done in a phased approach. She however said her ministry was not aware of any clinic where nurses operate generators as the current generators are automated and not manual.
Ms Makgato said nurses used to be involved in the collection of fuel from Central Transport Organization as well as fuelling of generators, something which she said has since stopped. “Currently fueling was done by the Princess Marina Hospital supplies officers assisted by drivers,” adding nurses may be involved in the monitoring of fuel levels together with other cadres so that they request for fuel where necessary,” she said.
Gaborone North Member Of Parliament Mr Haskins Nkaigwa had wanted to know if the minister was aware that there are some clinics in Gaborone that operate without backup generators in case of load shedding. He has also asked about when all clinics in Gaborone will be provided with such generators and whether the minister was aware nurses are expected to operate the generators and also to refill diesel as some are operated manually.