Botswana: Avoid Discriminating Those On Quarantine - Official

Letlhakane — Deputy district commissioner of Boteti Sub-district, Mr Ewetse Selelo has warned workers of the lodge identified as a quarantine facility in Letlhakane against discriminating the isolated members of society.

Mr Selelo said this on March 27 when orientating the employees of the lodge.

He urged them to warmly usher those on isolation and to be cautious to avoid transmission of the virus.

Letlhakane received 19 people on March 27 who would be isolated for 14 days at the lodge.

Most of the isolated people had gone to Zimbabwe to collect their children from school.

"Let us be professional in handling this issue, these are our brothers and sisters, let us not discriminate them," he said. He warned them against publicising the issue on social media.

Mr Selelo also implored them to adhere to precautionary measures such as social distancing and the use of sanitisers and masks.

The district public health specialist, Dr Solomon Tegegne informed them that there would be a rapid response team that would be taking care of those on isolation. He added that they would be expected to serve them with meals and clean their rooms.

Dr Tegegne stated that government had taken the decision to isolate people who had paid visits to affected countries.

"It does not mean they are sick. The aim is to clear them off the disease and ensure that the virus transmission is prevented," he said.

He said they would be monitored on a daily basis, and advised them to use masks and hand sanitisers, urging them to clean their hands where there would be frequent touching of surfaces.

He also encouraged them to ensure single use of gloves and masks between rooms.

Officer Commanding District No.8 Senior Superintendent Sarah Gabathusi warned them against sharing information that had not been confirmed from social media.

Snr Supt Gabathusi noted that any false statement, rumour or report, which was likely to cause fear and alarm or disturb the public peace was an offence.

The isolation area, she said, would be patrolled 24 hours to ensure adherence to isolation and the security of those on isolation.

Boteti Sub-council chairperson, Mr Molemi Galeragwe urged the lodge staff to assist in any way they could and to respond to COVID-19 preventative measures.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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