Botswana: Reduce Non-Essential Travels - Dikoloti

Metlobo — MP for Mmathethe/Molapowabojang, Dr Edwin Dikoloti has urged his constituents and Batswana at large to reduce non-essential travels to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Dr Dikoloti made this plea during consultative meetings with Metlobo and Molapowabojang leaders last weekend.

He said the nation was overwhelmed with the ever rising cases of new infections despite efforts to nip the disease on the bud.

Dr Dikoloti, also Minister of Health and Wellness, explained that avoiding non-essential travels could go a long way in curbing the spread of the disease across the country.

He shared that government was losing to the virus, a lot of money that could have otherwise been channeled towards developments.

For each test, he revealed that government paid P1 000 and P500 a day for each person on quarantine with a view to saving lives.

He was however worried that this was not sustainable, given the fact that the nation's revenue revolved around luxury commodities like diamonds and tourism, which have since taken a knock from movement embargos that came with the pandemic.

Dr Dikoloti implored all Batswana to take responsibility and spearhead the fight against the disease, adding that government banked on them to help stem the tide.

On other issues, Dr Dikoloti assured residents that government was desirous of bituminising Mmathethe-Bray road with a vision to enhance linkages along the agribusiness value chain.

He explained that Metlobo area was endowed with arable agriculture while Bray, in the Kgalagadi District, was rich in livestock, but deficient in crop production.

He thus argued that tarmacking the road would benefit some villages like Metlobo along the way, facilitate the production of fodder for the market in the Kgalagadi District and enable the transportation of livestock to the abattoir in Lobatse.

This, he said, would further create many job opportunities for residents along the value chain.

Meanwhile, he said the Mmathethe-Metlobo gravel road would be maintained regularly while awaiting its tarmac, adding that feasibility studies would be carried out in due course.

Kgosi Isaac Keipeile had, in his welcome remarks earlier on, asked for the road to be tarmaked.

He said the state of the road endangered the lives of its users and urged the MP to prioritise it.

Councillor Ketlhogile Keipeile also pleaded with government to find a lasting solution to the road issue.

Mr Keipeile also advised residents to refrain from preparing meals during social functions to avoid a possible spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Source : BOPA

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