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COVID GHETTO BLUES Council calls for more isolation centres in Francistown

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Francistown City Council has resolved through a motion by Hon Modiri Jojo Lucas that The Ministry of Health and Wellness be asked to consider increasing Covid-19 isolation centers in Francistown Zone to cater for the soaring numbers of Covid patients in the area.

Speaking to Pula24 on the sidelines of the just ended Francistown City Full Council meeting this past Monday, Lucas said the reason there should be more isolation centres is that currently Francistown Zone has only two facilities being Matsiloje and Ntshe clinics which take 308 and 24 Covid-19 patients respectively. He said the current arrangement is cumbersome as it forces several patients to share a cramped space, making  it difficult to control the disease since Covid-19 spreads quickly and easily.

Lucas shared that currently the City of Francistown has 338 people on home isolation, adding that it was very expensive for the Ministry to be chattering planes for positive patients to Sir Ketumile Masire Hospital in Gaborone.

During the full council meeting he suggested that the Ministry of Health also consider using the long built idling school of the disabled at Gerald Estates behind Francistown Technical College.

Hon Lucas noted that currently 220 people were vaccinated in both Francistown sites by this past Tuesday and encouraged more of elders to take the Covid 19 vaccination.

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