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Aug. 5, 2021

STAFF REPORTER

3 min read

Government must turn things around at Tšepong

Government must turn things around at Tšepong

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BOTH the government of Lesotho and its former partner, Tšepong Consortium have finally parted ways some 10 years after the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital (QMMH) opened its doors to its first patients.

This week, the country’s only referral hospital also known as Tšepong came under government control and a new set of managers was introduced to the staff.

But the problem is that the staff has no idea how to go about doing its job under the prevailing conditions, after the management of the Tšepong Consortium had earlier confiscated all health equipment and materials used at the health facility.

If the nation is to receive the essential services it is supposed to get at the health centre, it goes without saying that all systems should be in place and the staff must be well-equipped and psychologically conditioned.

Staff must also have a clear mandate of its roles to ensure smooth operation of the entire hospital.

But by the look of things, the government-controlled hospital only has new administrators with fancy titles to show and no clear course of action, given that the facility they are going to run among others, neither has drugs nor linen for patients’ beds.

The government truly has to dig deep in its pocket if it is keen to retain all the professional staff in the hospital’s payroll.  

The hospital’s new Managing Director Dr Chali Moji has shown that commitment, single-mindedness and hard work are the cornerstone to running a proficient and upright health facility.

He expects feed-back on every task performed so that the workers could improve on their work, which sounds fair but only in a situation where all necessary resources are readily available.

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The end of the 18-year Private Public Partnership between the government and Tšepong Consortium could spell insurmountable adversity for Basotho unless sound intervention is made at the QMMH.

The relationship between the two parties had always been volatile from the very beginning.

The consortium had always been accused of swindling the government and violating provisions of their contract for years.

As if that was not enough, operations at the hospital were forever disrupted by rampant strikes for salary hikes by employees.

What is now left to be seen is whether or not the remaining partner in the deal that went south, (the government), will be in a position to turn things around and bring a change to the troubled hospital.

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