Strive to Be Healthy Nation – Deputy Speaker

| May 11, 2015

The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Kagiso Molatlhegi says Batswana should strive to be a healthy nation by way of keeping abreast on issues pertaining to good health and life.

Speaking at a wellness day for parliamentary staff members held in Gaborone last Friday (May 8) , Mr Molatlhegi noted that it was up to an individual and community members to ensure that they lived healthy lifestyle which would ensure positive living.

Thus, he said the wellness day offered staff opportunity to check themselves of some diseases, especially non communicable ones as they were usually busy on duty and rarely found time to use for personal errands as well as for their health related matters.

Mr Molatlhegi, who is also National Assembly Staff Committee Chairman, said it was regrettable that non-communicable diseases could be treated or mitigated against if detected early but continued to become a problem because of late detection.

He further cautioned Batswana against risky behaviour such as having concurrent multi-partners and indulging in drugs and alcohol when faced with socio-economic problems because such led to untold misery and bad state of health.

In the meantime, he said at least five per cent of the population annually succumbed to cancer deaths, 18 per cent to cardiovascular diseases while maternal prenatal and malnutrition was accountable to four per cent of annual deaths.

Respiratory ailments, he added accounted for two per cent of deaths while the rest of other non-communicable diseases accounted for eight per cent.

For his part, Dr Mogwera Mogalakwe of Boitekanelo Occupational Health Solution said diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancers contributed to 70 percent of deaths in Botswana noting that the morbidity and mortality was actually higher that it had been thought because in some instances some deaths were not confirmed.

Dr Mogalakwe therefore implored parliamentary staff members and the general populace to regularly conduct health screening for non-communicable diseases, warning that women were especially affected by breast cancer, among others.

However, he urged people who lived on treatment for various ailments not to abandon the treatment when they felt better because the move may jeopardise their health.

In addition, he said people should not be dying from HIVAIDS because treatment especially from public health had been around for some time.

Earlier in his welcome address, Parliamentary Counsel, Mr Shabani Chikanda said employees should be on the lookout for what they ate and strive to ensure that they kept a generally clean and smart appearance.

He however said employees should be financial sound so that they could achieve emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing to be focused on their daily life at both the work place and home.

He also encouraged staff members to engage in healthy exercises such the famous Japanese laughter sessions to relief stress and achieve composure.

Participants included employees from parliamentary district offices and among them were former BOPA veteran journalist Botswelelo Tlale from Shoshong.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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