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Bat plague hits Maun schools

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As the ministry of Basic Education and Skills Development prepares to reopen schools after covid-19 lockdown, North West District (NWD) finds itself facing a potentially harmful bat plague.

The Ministry of Education has revealed that all its 40 schools in Maun have been infested with bats which are likely to compromise the health of learners, teachers and their families.

Senior assistant council secretary at Maun Administration Authority, Mogomotsi Seemule has confirmed that the bats have been living in school ceilings and many government houses for some time now.

“The bats are everywhere. We fight them and they fight back at us,” she explained.

Bat plague hits Maun schools
WORRIED: Seemule

Seemule was responding to media questions during COVID-19 media briefing in Maun on Wednesday.

The question was raised as it has been discovered that in Maun area, especially at Sekgoma primary school and many other schools, bats were an eyesore and a health hazard. Many teachers in schools are said to have been attacked by eye problems and failing to stay in class due to strong stench from bat urine that is often seen flowing down classroom walls. Some of the teachers are said to have gone half blind because of the bats, which apparantly cause blindness.

Notheless, Seemule stated that the council was losing the battle against bats because doing so will compromise people’s health even further, “We are failing to kill them because chemicals used to kill bats are toxic and can kill people as well.”

Explaining the high numbers of bats in the district, Seemule explained that, they could have come from big caves in the area, including the Xhwihaba.

Meanwhile the council is preparing schools for reopening at the end of lockdown period, which is yet to be announced. Hand wash points and toilets blocks are being constructed in schools among other precationery measures being put in place as per the COVID-19 regulations.

The council is expected to spend over P45 million to implement these projects in all 79 primary schools in the North West, which include six satelite schools, three boarding schools in rural areas and one school for the deaf.

Each subdistrict has already been given P5 million to kickstart the project. However Seemule maintains that with that kind of money, it will not be easy for the council to get rid of the bats because they hibernate in the ceiling and therefore the exercise will require the removal and replacement of the ceilings, which will be too costly for the council.

Bats are known to be carriers of zoonotic diseases including the corona virus, which has so far killed close to 300 000 people the world over in the last few months. Scientists have said with certainty that COVID-19 is caused by a zoonotic, virus which is suspected to have been spread to humans through bats and snakes.

Although bats rarely get sick from these viruses, they are known to be carriers of viruses that can cause Ebola and rabies in people and other animals.

In fact early this year, there was an outbreak of rabbies in the same district, which was initially spotted on dogs and goats. However, the veterinary officials maintained that the virus could have come from wild animals who shared water sources with domestic animals during the just ended dry period of 2018/2019.

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Dr Gure’s anti climax

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Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe

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Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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