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.
Vice President Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi says Botswana firmly supports the 90-90-90 initiative.
Speaking during a courtesy call by UNAIDS officials, Mr Masisi said Botswana was one of the countries that declared and was reaching the 90-90-90 target.
He said Botswana was committed to the 90-90-90 target as one of the ways of dealing with HIV/AIDS challenges.
Botswana is recognised as a frontrunner for the position of the first country to eliminate malaria in the Elimination 8 (E8) group of countries.
Speaking at the official hand over of 5 (4x4) Ford Ranger vehicles by Southern African Malaria Elimination 8 (E8) initiative, Minister of Health and Wellness Ms Dorcas Makgato said Botswana recorded the lowest number of Malaria cases per 1 000 population.
Ms Makgato said in the last two years, Botswana has received awards of excellence from the African Leaders Malaria Alliance for her achievements in reducing malaria.
The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi on Tuesday donated food hampers, clothes and blankets to three families who were affected by floods in Moshupa.
Some parts of Moshupa experienced heavy rains which damaged houses, bridges and brought misery to some families.
Giving the food hampers and clothes, Mr Masisi said the items were donated by some business people after seeking help from them.
He implored other Batswana to extend a helping hand to the flood victims, adding that a thorough assessment would be made to determine what could be replaced.
Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) chief executive officer, Dr Akolang Tombale, says they have upgraded their clinic to start offering anti-retroviral treatment to its staff.
Speaking at the commemoration of the World AIDS Day in Lobatse on December 9, Dr Tombale said the clinic upgrade would assist reduce congestion in government health facilities as well as treat BMC employees holistically.
He said the initiative would also reduce employees’ movement in and out of the plant, which would in turn save costs.
Climate variability is the greatest threat to the long-term economic viability of dryland farms.
In order to counter these uncertainties, many farmers turned to diversification as aa survival strategy.
One such farmer is Mr Nonofo Bareeleng, a 38-year-old resident of Kang in Kgalagadi District. He is not a novice to farming because he grew up in a family where agriculture buttered their daily bread. Armed with such background, he knew that farming would be a gateway to greener pastures in his life.
Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse, says the country has been experiencing severe drought that affected both arable and pastoral farming.
Addressing a kgotla meeting at Semolale in the Bobonong constituency on April 26, he said it was against this background that government declared drought in the country through efforts such as subsidised stock feeds.
He said in 2013/14, stock feeds were reduced by 20 per cent and further reduced by 50 per cent in 2014/15.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media. I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you all to this briefing session on the outcome of the meeting of the Council of Ministers held during the past two days. The SADC Council of Ministers fruitfully deliberated on several issues of significant importance to regional integration and development, and made decisions on how to overcome challenges faced by the region and how to accelerate implementation of previous Summit and Council decisions.
Nata police are monitoring the situation in Sepako after they received a report on Thursday evening that the river, which passes through the village, was flooding.
Speaking in an interview on Friday, the acting station commander, Inspector Kgotla Botsalano said they had to seek assistance of a boat from Botswana Defence Force (BDF) in Maun as the situation was bad and they fought hard to prevent people from crossing to the other side of the village where they get services.
The Veterinary and Animal Health office in Selebi Phikwe has urged livestock farmers to take precautionary measures during the drought season that has impacted negatively on the country to avoid losing their livestock to the harsh climatic and natural environment conditions.
Two people have died and about 250 were left homeless after a storm hit Bobonong on November 19. In an interview, Bobonong police station commander, Superintendent Paul Seoko, said a seven-year old child died when a wall collapsed on him while a 69-year-old woman died due to a shock. Supt Seoko said the storm started just after midnight but worsened after 1am when winds became stronger and aggressive.
Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) is anticipating an increase in water shortages in the Boteti Sub district during the course of the year due to decline in yield of boreholes.
Addressing Boteti Sub-district disaster management committee recently, Water Utilities (WUC) waterworks superintendent, Mr Mmothi Segale said that with the expected low rainfall, the WUC anticipates continuous supply challenges.
Low or unavailability of water has forced Princess Marina Hospital (PMH) to prioritise patients requiring operations, thus giving priority to emergency patients as well as urgent cases.
A press release from the hospital states that non urgent operations may have to be postponed until there is adequate water supply.
Meanwhile, the release says PMH will continue to do best it can to safeguard patient care during “these trying times.”
Author: Goratileone Kgwadu
The head of Bobirwa District Health Management Team (DHMT) has told councillors that his team was keen to eliminate Malaria from the sub-district.
Giving a presentation on the Malaria situation in Bobirwa recently, Dr Jackson Kaguamba said the hotspots villages were Semolale, Mathathane, Lentswelemoriti, Molalatau and Moletemane. Dr Kaguamba said the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise to wipe malaria a disease caused by anopheles mosquito, would start in October.
Huge developmental budget channeled towards Ministry of Mineral Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) is a clear demonstration of the government commitment to clamp down on water crisis bedeviling the country.
The Vice-President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said during a kgotla meeting in Goo-kodisa recently that contrary to notion held by some detractors, the P3.3 billion share apportioned to MMEWR would help put up the necessary infrastructure and thereby mitigate water shortage especially on the Southern part of Botswana.
Author: Lucretia Chima
Cases of HIV incidence have marginally reduced, NACA acting deputy national coordinator has said. Mr Joseph Kefas said this during the Vision 2016 national stakeholder conference.
Presenting under the compassionate, just and caring nation pillar, Mr Kefas said in 2008, there were 1.45 per cent cases of incidence while in 2013 they registered 1.35 per cent.
He said the difference was something notable as it represented 5 000 people.
Author: Manowe Motsaathebe
Refugees must go back home when conditions that forced them into Botswana are no longer prevalent in their countries, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said.
Addressing Central District councillors on Tuesday (June 9), he said Zimbabwean refugees had to go back home, arguing that the civil strife that forced them to seek asylum in Botswana was no more.
National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) coordinator, Ms Grace Muzila, says the agency is working round the clock to resuscitate some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that closed shop due to loss of donor support when Botswana attained middle income status.
Submitting before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday (June 2), she said NACA had since devised a strategy to source funds from different organisations, including the private sector, to support NGOs that made a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Namibian refugees at the Dukwi refugee camp have stated that they will not return to their home country and thus urged Botswana government not to turn its back on them.
They said this at meeting addressed by the Minister of Defense, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi and his Namibian counterpart, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Ms Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officials recently at the Dukwi refugee camp.
Government has decided to speed up the drought assessment process in order to lessen the plight of farmers, says acting Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia.
Addressing Kanye residents recently, Mr Ralotsia noted that drought assessments were usually carried out around June, but because of the severity of the current dry-spell, the government decided to move swiftly to mitigate farmers’ plight.