Botswana: Adherence Critical in Fight Against Pandemic - Tsogwane

Motopi — The Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said complying with COVID-19 regulations is the only way out.

Mr Tsogwane, who was addressing COVID-19 teams in Motopi, Moremaoto and Makalamabedi on Friday said people should know that COVID-19 would affect them as long as there was close interaction with others.

He noted that there were some people who did not show symptoms of novel coronavirus though they had tested positive for the virus.

"We can not defeat the war against COVID-19 if we fail to abide by regulations," he said.

Mr Tsogwane said washing hands repeatedly and wearing face mask was the strategic way to fight the virus. The Vice President who is also Boteti West MP, cautioned Batswana against irresponsible consumption of alcohol, warning that the ban could be reinstated if people were not responsible enough.

He stated that there were no accidents during the lockdown, but if the situation changed, government would be compelled to act.

Mr Tsogwane condemned some employers who violated the regulations by dismissing their employees from work though they were advised against it.

He commended Botswana Police Services and Botswana Defence Force for their immense contribution towards COVID-19 fund stating they demonstrated that they were patriotic.

The Vice President emphasised on cleanliness to avoid the spread of COVID-19, saying washing basins had been installed in schools by the entrance and by the bathrooms for regular hand washing.

When commenting Kgosi Diane Sepako of Makalamabedi said there was confusion regarding travelling between Makalamabedi because the village falls in two districts, Central and Ngamiland, noting that they had to apply for permits to access health services in Makalamabedi 1 located in Ngamiland, though its one village.

Kgosi Sepako also said those in Makalamabedi 1 had to apply for permits to go for shopping and attend school in Makalamabedi 2.

As such people crossed the two villages at ungazetted points.

Due to the fact that the village fell in two districts residents are allowed to cross to the other side by registering at Makalamabedi gate.

Whilst Kgosi Baletlanye Kenewendo of Motopi proposed that Motopi village should be serviced from Maun as the Rural Administration Centre in Letlhakane was far from their village.

Kgosi Kenewendo also requested that food relief programme should continue as people did not get chance to take care of their fields.

The school head of Motopi junior secondary school complained that they did not have a place to use as a sick bay, shortage of mattresses as well as not having a gyser.

In response Mr Tsogwane advised the school head to reduce the number of boarding students to cater for a sick bay.

In response Deputy Council Chair Mr Batsweletse Kgagamedi promised that maintenance of bathrooms would be completed by end of month.

Mr Kgagamedi stated that six green scorpions had been hired as well as ten manual workers through Ipelegeng programme to assist in schools.

Source : BOPA

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