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First Public Occupational Health Service Centre opened in Botswana

The first public Occupational Health Service Centre in Botswana has opened doors to the public in Molepolole at Boswelakoko clinic. Giving a key note address Minister of Health and Wellness, Dorcas Makgato said the centre will be used as a model site in providing specialized occupational health services to the mining community.

Makgato revealed that the opening of the centre is part of the regional effort to address tuberculosis and other occupational health issues in the mining sector. The centre is established through the TB in the Mining sector in Southern Africa Global Fund Grant. The initiative focuses on creating a regionally coordinated response to the issues of tuberculosis and related illnesses in mine workers, ex-mine workers, their families and communities.

Minister Makgato further revealed that with the support of the TB in the Mining sector in Southern Africa Global Fund Grant, more than 15 000 people were screened in Botswana. The screening was done in the mining communities of Palapye, Selibe-Phikwe and Francistown last year. She said despite the high value of mining industries, the health of mine workers is neglected. Minister Makgato highlighted the importance of recognizing the first public occupational health service centre saying it offers opportunity for increased access to intergraded health services and compensation for occupational lung diseases including TB.

In her remarks, Vice Chairperson of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism, Professor Lischen Haoses-Gorases said the TB in the mining sector grant aims to address the high rate of TB amongst mine workers, ex-mine workers and their families through a number of innovative and strategic interventions including using modern technology and piloting of targeted “cross border” interventions.Read more...

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