- Clinic doctors and nurses petition hospital superintendent
- Accuse him of putting patients lives at risk
Disgruntled Ngami District clinic doctors and nurses have petitioned their boss, Dr. Maxwell Mungisi to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health.
In a strong worded statement that has been leaked to The Voice newspaper, aggrieved clinic health personnel criticized Dr Mungisi’s management style, which they alleged was detrimental to service delivery
“We operate in clinics without ambulances and outgoing telephone lines and that has made the referral of patients to the main hospital and the reaching out to patients at outposts a difficult task to fulfill,” the letter read in part.
Further accusing their boss of being a stumbling block to health service provision in the region, the frustrated doctors and nurses stated in the letter that Dr Mungisi’s instruction for all clinic doctors to report to him at the main hospital each morning was actually costing patients lives and reversing some of the achievements the country has had so far in the AIDS and TB fight.
“We doctors are expected to report to the main hospital at 7:30am each morning for a meeting that usually ends at 10am. Those of us who do not have personnel transport arrive back at our work stations at 11am. And by then queues of waiting patients would be too long to finish in one day.
The concerned nurses and doctors further claimed that because of the above scenario, the default rate of patients on Tuberculosis and Anti-retroviral therapy was rising each day due to delayed service delivery, leading to many cases of drug resistance in the district.
The letter appealed to the the Ministry of Health to immediately respond to their query before the district could lose valuable doctors due to ill-treatment that they received from Dr. Mungisi, whom they blamed for demoralizing staff and causing highly qualified doctors to seek employment somewhere else.
Dr. Mungisi has however dismissed the allegations and accusations against him as baseless and unfounded.
He charged that the letter was written by a power hungry batch of people who wanted to oust him from the position that he rightly held.
“What is sad about theses people is that they do not even hold suitable qualifications for the post. They also do not want their duties to be monitored, which is why they do not want to come to the hospital on a daily bases,” he said.
Asked to comment on the threat by doctors to quit their jobs, should their queries not be addressed adequately, Dr. Mungisi said, “If they want to leave,they should do so because that is not going to affect Botswana. We have a lot of doctors queuing to grab a job here.”