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Little Jonas in heart pain

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For a four year old, life has to be fun with too much running around. Unfortunately it is not the case with Jonas Ramojela. He has Acyanotic Complex Cardiac Lesion as well as Ascites, which cause swelling of his stomach.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun from their family home in Old Naledi, his mother Keakabetse Ramojela says that it started last year, August 27, when little Jonas’ right side of the stomach felt like there was a stone inside. And he was grumpy. She took him to Princess Marina Hospital where she was told he has heart problem.

“They told me that that he had only one heart muscle and that the other one wasn’t functioning well. And they told me there is no cure for it, save for being given medication to suppress the pain,” she says. They were admitted for a month. Upon being discharged, the child’s tummy started swelling. They would later return to the hospital where the swelling eventually subsided. Jonas’ discharge summary states that he was diagnosed with Acyanotic Complex Cardiac Lesion and Ascites.

It says that the cause is ascitic tap and that the boy had some persistent linkage and reaction to an antiseptic agent. Another report done by the Paediatric Cardiology states that Jonas has Acyanotic Complex Congenital heart disease.

According to the mother, between January and March, “several x-rays were done but doctors say there is no cure for the condition.” Ramojela told The Midweek Sun that the condition keeps resurfacing with her son’s tummy swelling. Every week she takes the boy to Princess Marina Hospital where the urine (ascitic fluid) gets drained to reduce the swelling of the tummy. “At Princess Marina, they told me it’s the first time they are dealing with my son’s condition,” says the mother of three. She is currently on unpaid leave to look after her son. Clearly in pain, Jonas has lost weight. As he tries to force a smile, his big tummy is clearly causing him irritation and discomfort.

Though it still feels hard to touch, his mother says it has become better. “Doctors tell me they are afraid to operate him because they do not know where to cut,” she says. Nevertheless, all hope is not lost for her son as they are conducting MRI scan this week, with a urologist from a private clinic. According to one local doctor, the child is in extreme right heart failure secondary to absent pulmonary artery and severe narrowing of the right one – with less blood flowing to the lungs, and the valve on the right side of the heart leaking, adding to reduced blood flow to the lungs. He says that Jonas needs a surgery on the valve. “The water is due to the blood not returning to the heart, so it backs up and the water in blood seeps out of the blood vessels and accumulates in the abdomen and legs,” he says, recommending that government should take Jonas to South Africa where a successful surgery can be done.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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