Minister of Health, Ms Dorcas Makgatho has urged Letlhakane residents to take responsibility of their health. Ms Makgatho said during a kgotla meeting held in Letlhakane recently, that there was a rapid increase of non-communicable diseases amongst Batswana. She noted that a lot of Batswana had lost lives due to non-communicable diseases as a result of adapted lifestyles such as poor diet and lack of exercise.
Therefore, she said it was critical to prevent than to cure, noting that if prevention could be upheld many lives would be saved and regular visits to medical facilities would be reduced. Consequently, she said it was essential for an individual to take responsibility of his/her health by embarking on different methods of preventing non-communicable diseases such as upholding body fitness.
Minister Ms Makgatho further stated that HIV/AIDS remains a challenge in Botswana. She stated that Batswana were no longer scared of contracting HIV/AIDS since government had availed Anti-Retro-Virals and Prevention from Mother To Child Transmission programmes (PMTCT) for free.