A female nurse at Extension 2 Clinic in, GaboroneBotswana was raped while on duty early Sunday morning while she was taking a health break.
Botswana Health and Wellness minister, Dr Alfred Madigele said the incident was regrettable and matter has already been reported to police.
“Early Sunday morning one of our female nurse was raped on duty at Extension 2 clinic in Gaborone. The incident happened when the nurse was on a health break at around 4am. The nurse was seen by doctors the same morning in the clinic and the incident was reported to the Police who responded promptly to the crime scene.
“The Ministry leadership met with staff and also visited the victim’s family to offer emotional support. Counseling services have also been sought for the entire staff of the health facility and investigations are on-going,” said Dr Madigele.
He added that the Ministry of Health and Wellness condemns this inhuman and unfortunate incident and appealed to the public and stakeholders, including the community to work together in ensuring that public places such as health facilities remain safe and trusted by users.
Meanhwile, the Ministry regrets this incident and assures the public that measures are being put in place to ensure that such incidents do not happen again in future.
Some of the issues include: Extension 2 clinic operating hours will be reduced to 1930hrs effective today Monday 23rd April 2018 to Wednesday 25th April 2018 to allow the Ministry to deal with this issue. Normal services will resume on Thursday 26th April 2018.
The Botswana Police has been approached to offer surveillance to facilities offering 24 hours service. Strengthening facility management and security services to prevent these incidents happening in future.
Meetings with stakeholders such as Unions will be commenced to collectively find ways of preventing such incidents in future.