Sanitise Maun, a non profit organisation formed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the virus in Botswana, has acquired and donated Maun Rest Camp as an isolation facility to augment government efforts to fight the Covid19 scourge.
Escalating Covid19 positive cases has led to acute shortage of isolation centers across the country, which threatens to result in increasing deaths. The donation of the isolation facility follows another donation of 5000 litres of sanitizer which was distributed to the Ngamiland community last year by Sanitise Maun. The isolation center donated by Sanitise Maun currently has 93 beds for covid asymptomatic patients. Public Relations Officer for the team Anita Lindstorm said she is thankful for the support they were given by the community especially Joyve Bestelink, Mark Muller and Lodge Builders Botswana.
Ngamiland District Health Management Team (DHMT) is one of the departments affected by shortage of isolation centers, this has led to many people being quarantined at home and also not following the set protocols.
North West District Commissioner, Keolopile Leipego said the district has recorded 225 active cases and eleven deaths of COVID-19 on the 19 of January this year, he added by saying Maun cases were at 61 before the holidays and rose to 225 after the holidays.
Leipego said about 826 people are on home quarantine as health quarantine as health facilities are overwhelmed. Currently Maun only has four isolation centers, Matshwane, Letsholathebe, Maun General, Botswana Wildlife training Center and just recently Maun Rest camp. He said most of the people on home quarantine are those that are positive but not exhibiting any signs.