Botswana: Achap Experience Comes in Handy

Gaborone — ACHAP has joined forces with government in the fight against COVID-19 because of the organisation's experience in dealing with communities especially on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis issues.

Briefing the media on Tuesday, ACHAP chief executive officer Dr Khumo Seipone said the organisation had diverted resources, including human, equipment as well as finance towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Seipone pointed out that with the support of ACHAP, to date 44 717 persons had been tested for COVID-19.

She said ACHAP had developed and employed real-time tracing and tracking system (RTTS), used for screening and contact tracing which enabled processing in a short period of time, at ports of entry.

"We have also collaborated with BoFiNet for faster internet connectivity, which helped in the effective and efficient use of RTTS," she said.

She noted that the maximum time for the results to be released was now 48 hours.

Timely reporting enabled decisions or interventions to be made well in time, she said.

Dr Seipone said the focus was currently at entry points after the realisation that a large number of infected people were from outside the country.

She pointed out that the truck industry was the most affected hence the idea to intensify testing at border posts.

Furthermore, Dr Seipone indicated that COVID-19 had highlighted the need for health facilities at border posts.

She revealed that the organisation's said main donor, Global Fund and The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had encouraged ACHAP to ensure that gains made in HIV/AIDS and TB were not eroded by COVID-19.

Dr Seipone advised the nation to adhere to the health protocols in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Source : BOPA

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