CRITICIZED: Dr. Maxwell Mungisi
  • 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.”

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cheerful

“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.”

Has this person been asked why there are no outgoing telephones( He needs to call Alexander Graham Bell!!!) or ambulances?

Lerebele

yo o a tsenwa are they can leave we have a que of doctors waiting to be hired, o tsaya gore sepatela ke sa gagwe, o tshwanetse a bo a loiwa ke a go bolella

-Darkie

“Doctors queuing”? Eseng mo Botswana malome…..probably somewhere, with the hope 2 to get a job in Botswana.
Pharaoh mo baneng!
My quick internet surfing suggests a high chance of hailing from Zambia.I don’t have a problem with qualified expatriates working here (we need them, yes), but what I don’t like is when they get excited and start bullying pple, especially to the extent that it ends up compromising with productivity.

Uuh! Festus Mogae wa re latlhela eng?. If it was him, the guy was going to pack his bags and foot back home 2mor.

Tabsfire

I always find it inapporopriate for people to leak their workplace griviances to the press so they can gety public sympathy. We as the general public will always have to deal with a one sided story and then make our judgements from that. Some obvious facts are as follows; 1. All health centres now fall under one ministry and clinic workers who previously fell under ministry of local government are still protesting the amalgamation of health services. This may just be one of those protests. 2. It is standard practice worldwide for doctors to have meetings before starting work inorder… Read more »

cheerful

“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.” To me this suggests that there is a HIGH TURN OVER OF STAFF. In an organisation that has a high turn over of staff coming and going – tells one that the atmosphere in the organisation is not a pleasant one at all. This is supposed to be a tourist area-correct me if am wrong- Do tourists use the clinic?- why does the place not have ambulances? There is no comment from… Read more »

slyfox

I guess Dr Mungisi has has aced the Bots leadership classes and his answers are only a reflection of what he has been taught by the master. ie 1) when they complain they are power hungry 2) How to adress their grievances? let them know we can always replace them Govy, if we have a doctors queuing for jobs then why havent u replaced this stuck up fella with a local one? kante mme lona the voice what do ask in your interviews? where are your follow up questions with regards to the pertition like why is there no ambulances?… Read more »

cheerful

ONE SHOULD ALWAYS “LISTEN” to what the staff have to say whether if it is positive or negative or bad. If it is negative one should be seen to be taking steps to change the negative situation to a positive one- If you do not listen to take action you will lose the staff or they will deliver shoddy service because they are not happy!!!

cheerful

Has the place been visited to prove that there are no ambulances and no outgoing phones,witness staff who have no personal transport as well as the queues??

Chris M

This guy needs to address these issues or be fired! When a health official complains about being compromised by bureaucracy or red tape to provide efficient and effective care to patients, we should listen. The attitude of this superintendent stinks! It can’t be tolerated! It’s patients in the end who suffer here and no one should play games with TB treatment. Botswana should look at this carefully and sort it out pronto. If it means firing this arrogant guy, so be it! Leaders need to listen, be honest and be approachable, especially in this kind job that immediately involves human… Read more »

cee gee

eish lenna i wish mogae nkabo a santse a busa mare a a tla re lapisa waitse

Rarefri

My experience is that in the whole of Botswana I am still here to see one single doctor who is a good administrator, able to put his patients above all else and have a good compasionate relationship with all staff. In all the years I have interacted with doctors in admin, more than 70% are arrogant and snobbish and they do not care about interferring with the work of those who are actually hands on with patients. They also confuse being in administration with being superior to everyone in all respects. The morning meeting is usually supposed to last less… Read more »

cheerful

“My experience is that in the whole of Botswana I am still here to see one single doctor who is a good administrator, able to put his patients above all else and have a good compasionate relationship with all staff. ”

Why is this sort of thing occurring??? YES IT ALL ABOUT COMPASSION!! Why is it difficult for some to SHOW COMPASSION they need to be reminded about people like Florence Nightingale ?? Maybe they need to be reminded

cheerful

“Those of us who do not have personnel transport arrive back at our work stations at 11am” It is not clear whether the staff walk back from the Main Hospital to their workstations, whether they have to hire another form of transport back to their workstations – Something needs to be done to ASSIST THE STAFF and LISTEN (WE ALL HAVE A HEARING ORGANS ONE SITUATED BETWEEN OUR HEADS CALLED EARS!!)TO GET BACK TO THEIR WORK STATIONS – ITS ALL ABOUT TAKING CARE OF YOUR STAFF IF YOU DO NOT THEY WILL BE AS IT IS MENTIONED IN ONE PARGRAPH… Read more »

cheerful

This “RED TAPE” nonsense seems to be the order of the day

lololo

Ke ditiro tsa “the foreigners” they dont care about lives of foreign people.

cheerful

Perhaps the person is only interested in making money and not caring about how he goes about his work!!!! (there are many people like him who do this sort of thing!!!!)

cheerful

This RED TAPE NONSENSE is sending alot of unpleasant messages eg.

1. DO NOT CARE ATTITUDE
2. PAY UNDER THE COUNTER BEFORE YOU GET SERVED!!
3. IDLENESS
4. ARROGANCE
5. UNPROFESSIONALISM
6. NOT PERFORMING
7. DOING ONES PRIVATE BUSINESS DURING WORKING HOURS

cheerful

8. THE EMPLOYER COULD NOT BE TAKING CARE OF THE STAFF SO THAT THEY CAN DELIVER – THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF THE STAFF – THIS IS A COMMON ISSUE

cheerful

NO ONE IS PREPARED TO ANSWER MY QUESTION WHY THIS RED TAPE NONSENSE IS BEING ALLOWED TO EXIST!!

cheerful

9. “Three months down the line companies are waiting for PAYMENT even when they deliver good service” – TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE RED TAPE NONSENSE-

WHY IS ALL THIS HAPPENING?

cheerful

Get your priorites in Order!!