Botswana: Non-Compliance Worries Kgalagadi North Health Management Team

Hukuntsi — Kgalagadi North District Health Management Team (DHMT) has quarantined two people for non-compliance to COVID-19 self-isolation precautionary measures.

Speaking during an interview with BOPA, Kgalagadi North DHMT Coordinator, Ms Kgomotso Moruisi said the two suspects were a 63-year old Canadian man and a 24-year old Motswana young woman residing in Kang and Hukuntsi catchment areas.

"The 63-year old was transferred to Gaborone on March 31 currently quarantined at Cresta while the 24-year is quarantined in Moselebe clinic in Hukuntsi and are awaiting their tests results," she said.

It is alleged that the man travelled to Canada on March 15 while the latter traveled to India and returned before the mandatory quarantine measure was put in place.

She said on March 30 they had eight people on self-quarantine but as of April 4, the numbers had increased to 12 and they expected the numbers to increase as they now had to quarantine the aforementioned family members.

Ms Moruisi said it had come to their attention that some of their contacts on self-isolation were not taking precautionary measures seriously and continue to behave in a manner likely to frustrate government's efforts to fight the COVID-19 scourge.

She said they have taken a decision to admit all those who were on self-isolation into set-up quarantines in their localities.

She said they had secured three quarantines in Hukuntsi being Moselebe clinic, Entabeni lodge and SHI hotel, while two other quarantines were at Kang's Nakabu lodge and Kang Ultra-Stop Lodge.

On other issues, she said they had formed village emergency operation centres in all villages to intensify public education on the pandemic. She said the assigned teams would move house to house to educate families.

Hukuntsi Sub-district Commissioner, Ms Segomotso Nkwane, said she was pleased with the manner in which the rest of the communities complied with the social distancing regulations.

She however, mentioned that they were grappling with the influx of people seeking permits for different services in their communities.

Meanwhile, she lauded Entabeni lodge, SHI hotel, Kang Ultra stop and Nakabu lodge for their contributions towards the COVID-19 relief fund and implored other community members to follow suit.

Tshane police station commander, Superintendent Vusimuzi Jorowe commended communities for complying with the social distancing regulations, and advised people to get permits only for pressing matters.

Source: BOPA

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