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Be wary of miracle healers - Makgato

Minister of Health and Wellness, Ms Dorcas Makgato has warned residents of Sesung in Southern District to be wary of any churches or traditional healers who preached miracle healing especially for HIV/Aids.

Ms Makgato said during Moshupa Sub-district health fair after walking over 10km from the village to Moatle and back, with the intention to challenge residents to lead healthy lifestyles by making physical exercise, especially walking a habit.

Ms Makgato also Member of Parliament for Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency stressed that there was no cure for HIV/Aids and warned residents to regard anyone who claimed to cure the disease as a murderer.   

The minister also encouraged pregnant women to use nearest health facilities rather than opting for home based child deliveries to avert avoidable child deaths.

“One avoidable death, is one too many,” she cautioned.

She said times had changed, adding some pregnancies were complicated thus required expert knowledge only.   

Ms Makgato informed residents that her ministry was committed to providing access to quality health services. 

She said there had been a reduction in infant mortality rate from 48 per 1000 live births in 2007 to 17 per 1000 live births in 2011. 

She also revealed that mother to child transmission of HIV had also been reduced from 40 per cent to 1.4 per cent.

She also advised residents to eat healthy food, drink water, sleep at least eight hours a day, screen for diseases regularly and take responsibility for their own health.

The minister revealed that the nation was experiencing an emergence of non-communicable diseases like cancer, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, sugar diabetes and obesity among others. 

She said Sesung had registered 44 patients with hypertension, 65 musculoskeletal conditions on a monthly basis and 11 cases of HIV/AIDS out of 224 who tested in 2017. 

She said the prevalence of non-communicable diseases was a function of lifestyles.

“Our eating habits and physical activity patterns are risk factors for non-communicable diseases,” she warned. 

Ms Makgato argued that consumption of highly refined cereals, junk snacks exacerbated overweight and obesity. 

She added that sedentary lifestyle was another contributing factor to non-communicable diseases.

 She said national surveys revealed that 20.1 per cent of Batswana did not meet the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of physical activity of 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity and 75 minutes of vigorous activity. She explained that a lot could be still be done at individual level at less cost and non-complex technology.

Meanwhile, Ms Makgato informed residents that the health bill might increase from P4 billion three years back to P7 billion for the 2018/19 financial year. 

She explained that the bulk of the money was used to control diseases which she feared was not sustainable in the long run.

For his part, MP for Kanye South constituency, Mr Abram Kesupile thanked Ms Makgato for ‘walking the talk.’

She said the example she set during the walk would forever linger in residents’ minds and inspire them to make walking a habit. 

He said many people no longer valued activities like walking like they did in the past. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Topo Monngakgotla

Location : SESUNG

Event : Health Fair

Date : Feb 01 Thu,2018

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