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MOBILE CLINICS MADE LOCALLY

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LOCAL INVENTION: Ishmael Nshakashogwe is excited about their locally made mobile units

Automobile company, Zambezi Corporation Group has now set its sights on designing and building a fleet of specialised vehicles from scratch. Group Director, Dr Ishmael Nshakashogwe says this will not only contribute to the country’s development but also to sustainability and skills transfer.

“We started this business looking at supplying and servicing motor vehicles. But we are looking at sustainability and continuity. “We are looking at doing things ourselves, we cannot continue to depend across borders or overseas, denying our country permanent investment,” he said.

Dr. Nshakashogwe said on Tuesday while showcasing their first project – a fully equipped mobile clinic – that they started doing refurbishment of ambulances locally and have now decided to actually do the whole manufacturing in-house. The unit which took a little over two months to build comes with built-in generators, air conditioning, heat, water supply, work counters, cabinets, and a full array of medical equipment. The unit already has a buyer in Tanzania and there are a number of orders from other African countries and the Middle East according to Dr Nshakashogwe.

“This really boosts our confidence that we are on the right direction. We have the capability as Batswana,” he said. Zambezi Corporation General Manager, Uma Shankar Vadcamani said the idea for the mobile clinics was borne out of a realisation that it was difficult for governments to set up permanent clinics throughout Africa. “The clinics are conceived as serving patients who can’t reach a hospital or medical facility. Anything that you would see in a doctor’s office or hospital, we place it in a truck, trailer, bus, and container so that we can bring healthcare services to people who have none. Our focus is on bringing healthcare to underserved populations around the world,” he stated.

Powered with solar panels, combined with batteries, Vadcamani said the vehicle is convenient to service in foreign countries and rural areas; it easily spends a week in a remote area before needing to go back to base to restock. Amongst its capabilities in specialised vehicles, the makers of the traffic police control unit (Booze Bus) also manufacture roadshow, mobile school and mobile units; occupational health clinic with x-ray unit, as well as ambulance conversions and rescue safety equipment.

“We will also start the production of medical disaster buses which can house 20 seated patients, 10-15 stretcher patients, clinical apartment at the rear as well as being fitted with hydraulic stretcher and wheelchair lift,” Vadcamani told attendants at the showroom.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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