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Avoid Flu this winter

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 Now that the harsh winter predicted by the meteorological services department is upon us, the highly contagious influenza virus will be looking for hosts.

The virus passes from nose and throat when someone sneezes or coughs. Flu, however, explains Dr Sunil Kumar Kadiyala of Dr Kadiyala Surgery Clinic, differs from a common cold. “Flu symptoms may differ between people and can range from running/stuffing nose, sore throat, cough, fever to other generalised symptoms such as fatigue, fever, headache, muscle joint aches and stomach upset.”

People at a higher risk of contacting flu include young children, older adults, pregnant women and those with long term health problems. He says that flu can get complicated, although a rare phenomenon, resulting in severe infections of the throat or chest. Therefore it is important to be alert and make sure that flu is avoided this winter.

To be on the safe side, Dr. Kadiyala advises that you cover up from head to toe to avoid heat from escaping; take plenty fluids, avoid outdoors, particularly early mornings and use humidifiers to ease airflow and avoid overcrowded places. Parents should also take their children for flu vaccination as it covers children from six months of age, for this year’s protection. “Supplements such as multivitamins (Vitamin C) are also highly needed in winter to keep flu away and people should make it a habit to regularly wash their hands,” he advises.

In case one gets flu, Dr Kadiyala highlights that one should visit a nearby clinic immediately. He says that most people may take flu lightly, but it is important to get it treated because it weakens the immune system. Keep warm, take your flu meds, and get adequate rest for sore muscles and the immune system to recover. Fruits and vegetables are basically needed to beat flu. Dr Kadiyala says one important key advice for flu is for one to avoid exercising until they feel better.

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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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