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MRI geared up for expansion

Publishing Date : 18 May, 2015

Author : VINCENT MATUMO

MRI Botswana Limited has grown from strength to strength in its 22 years of existence in the country. The company recently launched a diversified offering of health services going under the brand of Primehealth, consisting of MRI Onsite, Prime Health Pharmacy, Prime Health Medical Practice, Prime Health Travel Clinic, MRI Training School, as well as a call centre, in its integrated health services portfolio.


MRI Botswana has six branches across the country; Gaborone, Palapye, Maun, Francistown, Kasane and Kanye opening soon in Letlhakane. In addition MRI Botswana is opening a Travel Medicine Clinic that will be based at the Sir Seretse Khama International.


Lesire Sebowe, marketing manager at MRI, told BusinessPost that: “As of 1st April 2015, the MRI Botswana Kasane branch opened its doors to the Kasane/Kazungula community providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Pharmacy and GP services will be provided as within this month. Our Kasane office has been well received by the Kasane community with a high need for healthcare services. The demand in Kasane for quality and affordable healthcare services has been high, prompting MRI Botswana to provide a fully equipped GP Practice, Pharmacy and emergency medical services. Kanye branch opened its doors this month and will provide services to Kanye and surrounding villages, Moshupa, the Kanye – Jwaneng highway and the Kanye - Lobatse back route.”


Sebowe said that the rest of the country will follow Gaborone and Kasane with the roll out of Primehealth as MRI executes its expansion strategy.


MRI boasts qualified full time staff complement of 147 consisting of 8 doctors, 34 paramedics, 14 nurses, 5 pharmacists and 5 Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD), exclusive of support staff.


MRI Medical Rescue is able to provide medical transfers to those in need of high level care anywhere in the world with the Medical Rescue Air ambulance which is configured to ICU standards. Justification for transfer out of the country requires appropriate referral by a doctor as well assurance that the member has sufficient funds to pay their hospital bills outside the country. Our 24-hour Contact Centre coordinates these transfers ensuring that the bed to bed transfer is smoothly carried out.


MRI has transported clients across the globe. International patients have been repatriated to as far afield as USA, India, Australia, China, New Zealand and the UK.


MRIB delisted from the Botswana Stock Exchange in 2008 when it was taken over by BOMAID and Venture Partners Botswana when its then shareholders divested their interests in the Company. VPB was then, administering the CEDA Venture Capital Fund set up by the Government of Botswana to assist citizens to establish business in Botswana. In 2012, VPB exited the partnership and its shares and those of BOMAID were acquired by Southview. Currently, the company is owned 93 percent by Southview, 4 percent MVA Fund, and 3 percent by over 200 other shareholders.


Twenty two years of existence have brought the company to the point where it has distinguished itself in the field of Pre Hospital Emergency Medical care, call centre business with state of the art technological infrastructure, Emergency Medical Training Academy and MRI-ON-SITE occupational health, emergency and other clinical services in far flung places such as Gaghoo Mine in the CKGR, Majwe Mine in Jwaneng, African Copper Thakadu and Mowana in Dukwi, and previously in DML Bosetu Mine.

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