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CHILDREN DIE FROM MYSTERY DISEASE

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DECEASED: Ratanang Ntwaetsile

Two Kalamare students dead and several hospitalized following bouts of vomit, bleeding and fainting
An unknown virus and strange disease has engulfed a primary school in Kalamare, leaving at its wake two dead students and several others were reportedly hospitalized in Mahalapye.
Students affected by this strange disease vomit, bleed through the mouth and ears and then collapse. The Kalamare Primary School has already lost two standard five students.
40-year-old Gaorutwe Ntwaetsile is grieving the death of her 11- year-old daughter, Ratanang who complained of abdominal pains and was deceased within 24 hours. Her classmate, Kagiso Peloentle, 12, died from the same symptoms.
Ntwaetsile can’t believe her bubbly daughter is no more.
She relates her ordeal: “My daughter arrived home from school complaining of abdominal pains on May 13th.  I took her to the clinic. The pains appeared to have abated.
“The following day she started to throw up around 6 in the evening.  She was vomiting black liquid and I took her back to the clinic the next morning. She was then rushed to Mahalapye hospital where she started bleeding thick blood through the mouth and ears.
“Within 30 minutes of arrival at the hospital she passed on,” the deceased’s mother Gaorutwe Ntwaetsile pointed out.
In another incident, a 12-year-old boy, Kagiso Peloentle also died mysteriously. His distraught mother, Segopodiso Peloentle, 36, related: “He was having difficulty in breathing and I took him to the clinic. Although he was asthmatic I got worried when he started vomiting the following morning and rushed him to the clinic. He was taken to Mahalapye hospital where he died a few hours after arrival,” explained Kagiso’s mother.
Segopodiso, however, could not discuss further details on her only child’s death as she said the village chief has warned them not to discuss the matter with the media.
Although some blamed evil spirits for the mysterious deaths at Kalamare primary school, a scientific doctor suspects that a virus could be the problem.
Dr Mambo Mudisi, a doctor at Julia Molefhe clinic in Gaborone said this could be a public health problem and needed attention.
“Investigations should be conducted to find the root cause of the problem. It is a public health problem because if there are several cases it could mean there is a chain of transmission from pupil to pupil,” he pointed out.
Dr Patson Mazonde of Boitekanelo Paedriatic clinic in Gaborone says a patient showing such signs is likely to have suffered a disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a condition caused by a bad infection.
He further said that usually the infection occurred when a patient took traditional medicine. He further said prolonged vomiting could cause kidney failure that can lead to death.
Dr Mazonde is of the opinion that the school could be under a hysteria attack.  He said hysterical people were prone to vomiting and fainting.
“Hysteria is contagious and unless the vomit is tested for viruses and  infections,” Mazonde explained.
The Kalamare village chief and School head would not discuss the matter. In fact the chief was enraged by The Voice’s attempt to know what the village was doing to address the situation.
“I will never talk to The Voice because you came into my village and wrote about my village. It does not matter who wrote the story, I will never talk to reporters from The Voice,” he said.
Sourcing information from the clinic or the Education office was equally unsuccessful because both responsible officers were not available for comment.

52 COMMENTS

  1. may their soul rest in peace. may knowlege foll in our village chief and elders and come to understand that this is a national issue and it mast be served to all who are intrested in this thing killing our children. it is throuh the media that we can know that. bopa is not saying a thing, thanks to the voice. may my elders share this to the world. who knows whre the help will come from. if they wrongd you mr Ringi Mosinyi tell them to send thir appology to your court and your people.

  2. no wondr the village is so dark, ha go nna lesedi the only thing kids see hatwe ke maoto ale mo dikausung tsa sekolo a tsamaya tsamaya. masione ba tshabile neh. in last edition ne gotwe ba taya go tola tola ko kps

  3. Aaah… Ke metlholo ruri,this is a serious case we realy need to envestigate the cause of that…. Its a terrible plague indeed may their souls rest in peace…… Out of respect se Kgosi eo a sedirang is very foolish,yes what if this thing is very dangerous and can kill the whole nation? God forbid, we can’t let one man’s ignorancy to kill us unless if we are blinded by his spell… Dr Mazonde is telling the truth about the sings of DIC.. but again some of the signs are like of someone suffering from DVT….. and it might as well be food poisoning by any camical…eg…methanol… Pliz check behind the pots…..

  4. TOTA KA GO CLEAR GORE THERE IS A PROBLEM IN KALAMARE WHAT IS THE HEALTH MINISTRY WAITING FOR BA SA INVESTIGATE THIS? WILL THEY ACT AFTER MORE YOUNG LIVES ARE LOST? AO BATHONG, THOSE KIDS HAVE PARENTS AND SIBLINGS WHO LOVE THEM PLEASE! GOROMENTE O WA GA TOMKRAGA GA O NA SEPE LE MATSHELO A RONA RE LE BATSWANA TU!!!!!!

  5. Come on The Voice! Dr Mazonde could not possibly say this is hysteria, could he? This is infection, possibly bacterial strain E. Coli 0157, and yes associated with DIC which causes bleeding as described! The source of infection needs to be found! School? Who handles the food for these kids? Was any of them cooks or food handlers sick lately? What connects the kids involved? Where have they eaten? This is likely foodborne illness( may be waterborne but less likely!).

  6. this is deeply sad, may their souls rest in peace. Dr Mazonde is likely to be more ryt and should be taken seriously, and chris M as well on further stating the possible explanations to ths mysterious illness

  7. I am really hurt by what is happening in Kalamare. Now that the Doctors might have identified the problem what advice are they giving us. We cannot really let our kids die like that. Can the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education do something about this situation.

  8. a sekolo se tswalwe for the tym be go thothomisiwe gore bothata ke eng bathong e seng jalo bana ba tsile go fela pliz.this is really sad may their souls rest in peace

  9. Go botlhoko go latlhegelwa ke ngwana. If it was not for the counsel of the Lord of Hosts it would be one of the things that kill me slowly everytime a child departs us untimely.
    A re emeng ka dinao batho betsho. Baruti, Teachers, and those in the medical profession, even us ordinary folks. We are created such that if we come togeather for goodness sake we prevail. Some Baruti might say we can solve this alone, or some doctors dismiss Baruti as superstitious. We are created different to work togeather and arrest situatiions like this.

  10. ke tsaya gor kgosi ke yone e tshwanetsen go tlhokomela morafhe wa gagwe so ga a sa batle thuso, go sireletsa ba ba len teng who wil?!ta community,ke bone fela ba ba ka mo thusan mme gor go nne jalo,ba bega dikgan ke bone ba ba ka tisan molaetsa mo batswanen.Gongwe dingwaga di kgabagantse go ka akanya botoka…

  11. Mathata a matona kgosi ona le seabe, o kobelang The voice. may there soul rest in peace. go ngomola pelo.

  12. This is terrible. Am wondering what the Ministry is saying about this. Its been long. Something must have long been done about this, now lives are taken.

    -Mpoks-

  13. This probably is a VIRAL HAEMORAGE FEVER, and probably this will have to be researched quickly because some are highly infectious like this one.
    I think its unrealistic that the village leaders will refuse to talk to the media. They should recoognise this as national issue that can be quickly spread to the other parts of the ASAP. So this should be communicated to the public
    May their souls rest in peace.

  14. I personally don’t think it’s haemorraghic fever or even marbug type infection! Nothing here is consistent with any of these seriuos illnesses! This is likely bacterial foodborne illness leading to haemolytic uaremic syndrome with DIC! Hence fatalities!Local health experts need to get to the bottom of this! Lessons need to be drawn from this for the future prevetive strategies!

  15. may their souls rest in peace go utlwisa botlhoko a ba health ba bone gore ba tswa ka plan before re latlhegelwa ke bontsi

  16. waitse its vry sad go thokafalelwa ke ngwana bogolo jang fa ale nosi but go ta siama bo mmago bana MAY THEIR SOUL REST IN NOTHING BUT PEACE

  17. rite now am sending the holy ghost to kalamari and please wait and see the manifestation. power of the holy ghost invade that village and anything tht is evil let it burn to ashes in the name of Jesus. amen

  18. i dnt think its ebola or VHF, eventhough we cant completely rule it out. I suspect e.coli O157:H7 infection from contaminated food eaten in school as there is no evidence of person-person transmission, family members not affected.Hemolytic-uremic syndrome and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura even death can occur when not diagnosized. this is an urgent public health problem, ga gona boloi fa bo tsenang teng! Public health officials must investigate this matter quickly. MAY THEIR SOUL REST IN PEACE

  19. may the souls of the little ones who left this planet unexpectly rest in peace!!!go supana ka menwana wont help any1,a go tsewe action b4 re loosa bana ba le bantsi

  20. lefatshe le ya bofelong, se se ka kgonwa ke go rapela fela betsho. a mewa ya ba ba senang molato bao e robale ka kagiso.

  21. May deir soul rest in peace,its so bad 2 lose ur child.May God be with da children of dat skul.AMEN

  22. ke dumalana le yoo reng kgosi ena le seabe,, ke eng asa batle batho go itse o kganela megopolo ya batho go thusa,,o setlhogo..may their souls rest in peace…

  23. A go tswalwe sekole go dirwe ditlhotlhomiso, go sa nne jalo re tla nna re le mo selelong.

  24. put more consentration in ebola…..but then lets not forget tht evils likes tommenting kids and kill them………..nw lets not wait 4 medication lets fight evil with the holy ghost.

  25. eish bathong, nna ke bona hela go tshwanetse ga dirwa sengwe cos ga se lantlha go diragala jaana, bana ba kile baa swa thata last year ko Molepolole mo different primary schools bogolo jang ko Suping & Kutlwano Primary and dikai e ntse e le tsone tse tsa gompieno tsa go kgwa bontsho jaanong go a hakgamatsa go bo Ministry of Health le gompieno ba ise ba dire sepe ka seemo seo. Rona batsadi jaanong re tla felela re ntshitse bana ba rona mo dikolong re tshaba gone go swelwa ke bana. A mewa ya bo nnana e robale ka kagiso le batsadi ba bone ba gomotsege gonne Modimo o dirile thato ya one

  26. motho yo tsetswen ke mosadi o malatsi makhutshwane ebile o tletse khuduego,modimo o neile mme o tla tsaya,a pelo tsa lone di se fuduege dumelan mo go nna le mo go rara.kare a moya wa bana o robala ka kagiso botsadi bo gomotsegele ruri.Amen

  27. May their souls rest in peace.ha ele gore ke baloi tota ke kopa gore ba swe leso lele botlhoko baloi ba teng.mo baneng ba batla eng tota??ha ele kgang tsa infections ke kopa goromente le ene a eme ka dinao cz botsogo jwa bana bo mo diphatseng.di kitchen tsa di primary o fitlhela di kgamathetse e kete ga di jele.Gorvy dira sengwe plis tu.Jah b with em family members & giv den faith stil.BLESSS!!!

  28. tota kgosi o tseelang kgang ka engen? a sekolo se tswalwe & investigations be done thata le gone.le bone bo teacher le baba apeelang bana.le file eng bana ba batho? this is very sad u knw? leene modiri wa tiro e, wa go fithlela legodimo le jelwe ka monyasa mxii-struu!!may their soul rest in peace.

  29. Y DOS EVRYTHN HAV 2 REVOLVE ARND GOD I MIN RILY!!!! TS A HEALTH THN SO ENUF WUT THE HOLY SHIT K…. CHILDREN R DYN N U GONA PRAY TIL WEN???? AL ES CHILDREN DIE CUM ON. MINISTRY OF HEALTH PLIZ DO SMTHN

  30. kana bathong re Batswana and we all know gore go na le boloi ha re ignora kgang e goteng bana ba bona selo kana motho a rwele dikausu tsa sekolo a sa bonale ko godimo.Golo moo ke di evil spirits,le gone kgosi ga e ka botswa e ta a tswa ka tsone.Tiragalo eo e bata kgolagano le modimo.Z.C.C can be called.holly ghost can also be called to defeat the devils tsa boela ko go beng ba tsone including kgosi.ke solofela gore kgosi o na le bana o tshwanetse go thabega ha go buiwa ka bana ba ba swang botlhoko jaana.such innocent souls.Remember kgosi ga se modimo he can be involved.

  31. Could they have been cases of Ebola?

    (In cases of Ebola, symptoms typically begin to develop within about four to six days of being infected. Symptoms of Ebola commonly include such things as fever, sore throat, vomiting, weakness, stomach pain, and a dry, hacking cough. Death usually occurs during the second week of Ebola symptoms, most often as a result of massive blood loss.)
    An epidemiological study to re-trace the origins of the “mystery” might land a diagnosis.