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Malnutrition cases due to shortage of food ration

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The increasing cases of mulnutrition in the Kweneng district has been attributed to shortage of food commodities resulting in the insufficient supply to primary schools and health facilities in some areas in the district .

This was revealed in a multi-sectoral report to the Drought Inter-ministerial Assessment Team presented by the Mogoditshane/ Thamaga Sub -district.

Presenting the report, Ms Thekelo Mpolokang from the District Development Office revealed that constant insufficient supply of the required food had resulted in beneficiaries not getting complete supply of food ration under government feeding programme.

It was suggested that since the intended goal of feeding vulnerable children had become a challenge, double rationing be considered.

Meanwhile, a report from Thamaga Primary Hospital presented by the hospital’s chief medical officer, Dr Jacous Tshimbalanga showed an increasing number of malnutrition cases in Thamaga catchment areas, above the national target of 3.0 per cent.

He said Thamaga Primary Hospital was challenged by shortage of professional staff, such as health educators and drivers which regularly impacted on planned efforts for mobile visits to make assessments. “There are no programme officers for Thamaga area, therefore the programme is taken care of by the health education officer who is not even capacitated on nutrition issues,” highlighted Dr Tshimbalanga.

Furthermore, he said, inconsistent supply of ration to health facilities had resulted in a larger percentage of eligible children receiving incomplete packages. The other challenge the report highlights was the fact that mobile stops did not have security. A recommendation was made for direct feeding to areas with high malnutrition.

Regarding preparation of diphaphatha, Ms Josphine Gabatshwane of Education Office Department - Mogo/Thamaga said assessments and spot checks were regularly made by the environment department to ensure that hygiene standards were met by assigned individuals.

Presenting the Molepolole/Lentsweletau report, Ms Dineo Segobai of the Department of Social Work in Molepolole/Lentsweletau Administrative Authority (MAA) stated that the sub district had registered an overwhelming number of cases of beneficiaries with low exit rate. She reported an increased number of destitute resulting from influx to the district due to its vicinity to the capital Gaborone. This, she said had become a burden on the district as those people refused to be repatriated to their areas of origin.
Ms Segobai said due to continuing challenges facing the sub district, the unforeseen circumstances resulted in over expenditure for disaster incidences.

The other challenge, she said was young mothers who continued to neglect their children leaving them under the care of grandparents thus resulting in an increased number of needy students as well as victims of malnutrition.

A proposal was made under the Department of Wildlife to review its compensation guidelines to have Kudus and hyenas under species attracting compensation if they damaged farmers’ crops or livestock.
The team started a month long visit by addressing the Kweneng District Development Committee and had the opportunity to meet the Molepolole farming community and Village Development Committees.

BOPA Source: BOPA

Author: Kebaeditse Baitlotli

Location: MOGODITSHANE

Event: report presentation

Date: Apr 24 Mon, 2017