Botswana: South East Tests 641 for Coronavirus

Ramotswa — South East District Health Management Team (DHMT) has tested 641 people for the coronavirus.

The South East District principal district officer for development, Ms Gosego Jotia told the ongoing full council meeting that of those tested, six were positive.

She said since the outbreak of COVID-19, the district had recorded one death, adding that currently, there were 17 people in local quarantine and 68 at institutional quarantines (outside the district).

Ms Jotia said following exposure of healthcare workers from the previous positive cases, all those working at Magope holding centre were tested and their results came back negative.

Further, she said the district had been allocated a quarantine site, which is not solely reserved for clients from within, as it also receives clients from other Greater Gaborone areas.

She said the DHMT was assigned to do contact tracing in partnership with ACHAP, which started on 25 April and was concluded on May 14 with a total of 505 people traced and tested.

Ms Jotia said all tests came back negative and clients were discharged after counselling, adding that contact tracing continues on a case by case basis.

She said a contact tracing team was deployed at Tlokweng Border Gate to assist in identifying contacts.

On the district's success stories against the virus, she said it had managed to promptly trace and have close contacts tested and quarantined.

Ms Jotia said the DHMT had a good working relationship with local law enforcement and immigration offices in dealing with border jumpers and illegal immigrants.

She also revealed that counselling for health workers was being done by Ministers' Fraternal, adding that the district also had a field hospital at Tlokweng border for screening and testing, with a patient holding space.

She said the district was faced with challenges such as delay in upgrading Magope holding centre, lack of hand washing facilities at health facilities and complaints of unsatisfactory meals at quarantine sites, while the quarantined were not allowed to receive food from outside.

The district is also faced with a significant number of border jumpers, said Ms Jotia.

Source: BOPA

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