Sidilega Hospital, which aims to be the best and most equipped private hospital in the country, is set to open by end of 2018. This was said at the ground breaking ceremony of the hospital which is situated in Block 7 in Gaborone. The Minister of Health and Wellness Dorcas Makgato pleaded with the hospital management to ensure that their prices are reasonable and affordable. “Why can’t we position ourselves to bring about services that are at par if not better that what other facilities that we are competing with. We know you can do things faster than us and we expect even better services than what the government offers and we will pay for our clients to get those if the prices are affordable,” Makgato said. Gaborone mayor Kagiso Thutlwe said it has always been a dream for them to see the city develop because they want to see Gaborone as a diamond city and encouraged the management of the hospital to make sure that they do everything on time. One of the consultants Mr Karu said they are confident that the new hospital will meet health care needs in the country and will also serve the rest of Botswana. “The thought process of this project began in January 2015 and that was when we started getting different stakeholders and then we got the approval in March 2017,” he said. Karu assured that the project is in good hands and he knows that all the developments will go on well. “This will be one of the best staffed and best equipped hospitals in the country and we are very sure about this,” he said.
Talking on the project Dr M. Phuthego said: “To those that will be working here it will mean financial wellness, to those that will be treated here it will mean health wellness, to the one who will go through our rehabilitation process it will mean spiritual and emotional wellness,” explaining the meaning of the name of the hospital. Dr Phuthego said when they conceptualised Sidilega they considered the gaps in the local health sector and in the region. He said understanding that reshaped their focus to provide an exclusive service. Dr Phuthego said Botswana can be a great hub for providing health care in the region. Mr Ye said he can’t be happier because finally his dream is coming true and thanked the government for affording them the opportunity to invest in what can contribute to the wellness of the country and the region. “This is the legacy that will last in many generations to come,” he said. Acting BITC CEO Meshack Tshekedi said that as Botswana Investment Trade Centre they were facilitating the project and many other ministries that are involved. He said they will continue to support the project because they believe in projects like that and they believe it will be exceptionally executed. The MP for Bonnington North Duma Boko applauded Sidilega Private Hospital as he believes that they can be able to do a far much better job than what the government is offering in health services.