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A Quiet New Year’s Day in Gaborone

As the clock struck midnight to usher in 2018, firecrackers went off in various neighbourhoods of Gaborone and in the few entertainment get-togethers organised for the occasion, as the capital joined people across the world in celebrating the new year.

A few hours down the line, as the morning light permeated through the city, giving way to an extremely hot first day of the year, Gaborone grew quiet.

With the majority of the capital’s citizens still away at their home villages, others on vacation in the resort areas of Southern Africa, and the midnight revellers now sleeping their hangovers away, Gaborone on New Year’s Day was the picture of calm.

The roads normally chockablock with heavy traffic on a regular working day were empty, the streets lying bare.

For Zimbabwean expatriate, Nolwazi Nkala, the day was special as she gave birth to a baby boy, Simekuhle Moyo at Lesirane Clinic in Mogoditshane.

 “We have been having a maternity ward at the clinic since 2012, but this year we have experienced a lower volume of mothers giving birth on New Year’s Day,” Ms Lesego Mmipi, a midwife at the clinic said.

“It was a lot busier in December, over Christmas Day we delivered five babies.

We are happy because people are still used to the referral hospitals like Princess Marina being the ones used for maternity care; yet over the past five years government has assigned clinics around Gaborone to assist Marina in this regard,” Ms Mmipi said.

Indeed, by midday on New Year’s Day, only two children had been born at the normally busy Princess Marina Hospital.  

Ms Bertha Mmapatsi, a nurse, said the first child, a boy, had been born just before five o’clock in the morning, while the second, a girl was born just after 10:30 later that morning.

Not a single child had been born at Bokamoso Private Hospital.

Ms Tsholofelo Keraamang, a midwife in the Labour, Delivery, Recovery and Postnatal ward at Bokamoso said they had also been busier over December, but since the advent of the Christmas and New Year period, the volume had decreased.

“It seems as if people have gone away to their home villages, since most private institutions closed for the festive season, we are seeing fewer women coming to our maternity ward,” she said.

There are those who were less fortunate and nearly became casualties of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Ms Tebogo Sebata, a nurse in the Accident and Emergency Ward of Bokamoso Private Hospital revealed that at least six people had been treated at the hospital having been involved in road accidents.

“Five people were involved in an accident on New Year’s Eve near GIPS at the Gaborone-Mogoditshane junction.

There were two cars involved; three were on the one car, and the two others in the other.  

All five were treated and sent home.  

In the early hours of New Year’s Day a pedestrian was hit by a car, and he has been admitted, undergoing treatment,” Ms Sebata said.

Otherwise the other health facilities recorded a quiet New Year on the accident and emergency front.ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Pako Lebanna

Location : GABORONE

Event : New year's eve

Date : Jan 03 Wed,2018

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