At a media briefing held on the 8th August 2017 at Bomaid, the Botswana Kidney Society Up Kgale Hill Charity Climb slated for Saturday the 14th October 2017 was officially launched. The briefing was hosted by main sponsors for the event Bomaid, the event organisers Be Active and Insync media, founding members of the Botswana Kidney Society and the media fraternity. Assistant Minister for Health, Honourable Phillip Dikgang Makgalemele also attended and gave the keynote address for the day.
The Botswana Kidney Society Up Kgale Hill Charity Climb will be taking place at Kgale Hill in Gaborone. Fulfilling its mandate being; to raise awareness on kidney disease in Botswana and to engage in promoting a healthy lifestyle, the Society collaborated with Be Active sports, Insync Media and Botswana’s caring healthcare provider, Bomaid to sponsor this event.
Speaking at the event, Honourable Assistant Minister for Health Phillip Makgalemele commended Bomaid for all their efforts in improving health care solutions for their members. “I am truly honoured to have been invited to speak at this launch and be a part of the celebration of this milestone for Bomaid, as a leading healthcare provider in my ministry. The contribution you make to the country’s healthcare solutions in terms of affording Batswana the best medical assistance available to them, is commendable and cannot go without mention,” he remarked.
For his part, the Botswana Kidney Society founder Kitso Otlogetswe and renal care patient highlighted that the reason why kidney diseases were silent was because kidneys have a lot of capacity and because they came in pairs. He went on to say “it takes a while before symptoms start showing hence a late diagnosis. I would like to urge Batswana to adopt a healthier lifestyle and do regular medical check-ups to ensure an early diagnosis and preserve their health longer.’
On behalf of Bomaid, Mr Moraki Mokgosana, Principal Officer assured everyone that they are aware about the rise in kidney disease and as healthcare providers they offer chronic benefits that cover renal failure and help ease the financial stress on families during their trying times. He also made mention of their partnerships with the Indian Hospitals, where Bomaid had started flying patients who needed kidney transplants. In closing the Principal Officer urged people to attend the Up Kgale Hill Climb on the 14th October and support this charity event.