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Kweneng Region records 18 Covid-19 suspects



Kweneng Region had by March 27th recorded 18 Coronavirus suspects, 13 from Kweneng East, one from Kweneng West and four from Thamaga site.

Four of them have already been tested and results for three came out negative while one is still pending.

When briefing the media at Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH) last Friday, Molepolole Coordinator for Kweneng Regional Health Management Team, Chipo Petlo, said they were making arrangements to contain any influx of Covid-19 patients and prepare for a possible spill-over from Gaborone health facilities.

She said they are currently working on logistics at Molepolole Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) and Molepolole College of Education (MCE) while two lodge owners have submitted their names for their facilities to be used for quarantine.

Kweneng Regional Public Health Specialist, Dr Terrence Mukuhwa, noted that they have identified quarantine facilities including Scottish Livingstone Hospital TB ward isolation facility which has a total of 13 beds.

He said the community has the right of choice on the isolation facility and that they have several teams that have been identified and anticipated to coordinate the prevention and control with laboratories capacitated to handle the specimen.

“Regardless of how prepared the health department is, we can only successfully prevent cases if everyone in the community from the youngest to the oldest come together as a community for the successful control of this pandemic,” added Mukuhwa.

In an effort to avoid crowded places, SLH have reduced the visiting hours of patients to three times a day each taking 30 minutes and only two visitors per patient allowed during visiting time.

Visiting hours start from 7 am to 7:30 am, followed by 1pm to 1:30 pm and the 7pm to 7:30pm.

Acting Hospital Superintendent, Dr Dayana Palai, said the training was ongoing for both clinical and non clinical staff and that they have already trained about 309 personnel in the region.“We have different departments that we are aware are crowded, like the Eye Clinic which is in the Southern Region centre. We have extra chairs to organise the queue. We encourage the community to take proper hygiene precautions by washing hands and sanitising, not wearing gloves as they end up overstaying with them for hours,” she added. Palai also encouraged the community to stay home and avoiding going to the shopping malls unnecessarily.   

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UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee assists disadvantaged families in Botswana



The UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee in collaboration with Botswana Community in the UK have taken heed to the President of Botswana’s appeal for assistance with the Covid-19 pandemic, and will donate food parcels in Botswana on June 5, 2020.

The Committee and partnering charity are made up of Batswana living in the United Kingdom and have joined hands to raise funds to buy food parcels for people living with disabilities in Bokaa and Dikgonnye villages.

The project is endorsed by the Botswana High Commissioner in the UK, H. E Rev Dr. John Seakgosing.

The handover ceremonies will be attended by the Village Leadership which includes the Kgosi, Councillor, Social Worker and VDC Chair amongst others.

The events are scheduled for 0900 hours on June 5, 2020 at the Bokaa Kgotla, and 1400 hours at Dikgonnye Kgotla on the same day.

Food parcels for at least 66 families that will be delivered to the two Kgatleng villages include; 12.5 kg maize meal, 10 kg rice, 5 kg sugar, 2 litre cooking oil, 700 ml tomato sauce, 750 g mayonnaise, 2kg washing powder and 410 g baked beans. “We found it fit to help Batswana back at home because we know that the government cannot win this mammoth task alone. I am proud to see that this project has once again united Batswana across the UK, and I trust that we will continue to assist Batswana where we can,’ explained Lawrence Mathala, the UK-Botswana Covid-19 Response Committee Chairman.  

Dr Boikanyo Phenyo,  the Botswana Community in the UK Chairperson also added on saying, ‘We are grateful for the Botswana High Commissioner’s endorsement and involvement in our project because it has given our project credibility and motivated more Batswana to participate in this initiative. Thank you to Batswana that have responded to our appeal and participated in this project, let’s keep the spirit of unity in the UK and continue to help our country grow and prosper. Gaabo Motho go thebepatshwa.’

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Block 8 nurse challenges Covid-19 test results



A nurse who allegedly tested positive of Covid-19 during the emergency parliament session has given the Ministry of Health and Wellness up to next week Tuesday to respond to his legal demands as he believes that the test results were fake.

The victim, Morobi Dinao, a nurse at Block 8 Gaborone has made demands that the ministry give him signed results by the person who carried out the laboratory tests.

Dinao was diagnosed at a special parliament sitting in April, his supposed positive results leading to all MPs and those who attended the session to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

According to legal documents from Ndadi law firm, the 37-year-old nurse was admitted at Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital on the 9th of April after he was told he tested positive.

On the 13th he demanded to see his results but was sent from pillar to post and the hospital could not give him the results.

He kept on demanding his results and on the 19th of April he was shown the results through his glass door from outside by one Dr Feledi.

Dinao allegedly asked for a copy of the results but the Doctor said he would revert to him after consulting with his superiors.

He was given his results when he was discharged on the 24th of April.

There was no explanation of the results and the document was also not signed hence the suspicion that they were not authentic.

Some of the things that made him suspicious, he says, are that the specimen submission form that carries his results is markedly from the one he completed on the day of tests.

He says the form does not have the laboratory personnel signature portion yet the one he duly completed had it.

The demands are that MOH should give an account of the delay of initial results.

Dinao’s lawyer, Uyapo Ndadi, told The Voice Online that they are awaiting response to their client’s demands before they can take the next step.

“I do not understand how a doctor can seek for his superior’s permission to give a patient his own results. How do you get admitted without seeing your results and told we are following the instructions to admit you? A lot is questionable in the whole scenario,” said Ndadi.

Ndadi further said he’ll await his client’s instruction before considering any court action.

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