Gaborone — Five more patients have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in Botswana to 17.
Botswana has so far reported 24 Coronavirus cases from a total of 11 495 that have already been tested, with one death reported. The latest development leaves six active cases.
In an interview in Gaborone on May 12, Director of Health Services, Dr Malaki Tshipayagae said the plan was to conduct surveillance and identifying all people who were symptomatic.
"All people who will be complaining of flue like symptoms will be tested, and we are going to ensure that everyone who enters our country at different points of entry will be tested. We will continue with quarantine as well as the protocol concerning trucks," he said.
Furthermore, Dr Tshipayagae said the surveillance entailed going all out to identify high risk groups so that they could be tested from time to time.
He was also cognizant of the fact that winter was fast approaching, adding that people should continue with social distancing, wearing of masks and practicing hands hygiene.
Dr Tshipayagae, said the triad of social distancing, wearing of masks and hands hygiene would go a long way in cutting down the transmission of COVID-19.
"If you wash your hands, sanitise your spaces at the office, at home and public transport, it will cut the volume of the input of disease in public spaces. That is why we talk about regular disinfection," he said.
He said it was important for people to wipe their tables using sanitizers or household disinfectants.
Source : BOPA