M100 000.00 worth PPE donations to fight COVID-19 amid strike

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Nicole Tau

The Maseru District Health Management Team has received M100,000.00 worth personal protective Equipment (PPE) donations amid a countrywide health professionals strike in demand for various COVID-19 related demands.

A director of Zekku Safety Focus, Occupational Health and Safety Specialists, they decided to donate PPE to the Maseru’s DHMT Maseru’s to applaud the courageous work of health professionals in a time of COVID-19 global pandemic.

Director-General of Health, Dr. Nyane Letsie said she delighted to receive a message that Limpho Ntšasa, Zekku’s Director was going donate to the Maseru DHMT PPE that includes a fogging machine, after seeing health public servants in Maseru work with passion in picking up and bringing COVID-19 suspects, knowing that her company can help too.

“Our company decided to add on, when we realized that the people that work at DHMT wear exposed casual clothes like us when collecting COVID-19 suspects.

“That’s when we gathered as the company and decided to help them since they are the front liners and we cannot afford to lose any of them because it will leave us vulnerable,” Ntšasa said.

The donation, according to Ntšasa consists of 1000 Disposable overalls, 1000 gloves, eight 25 liter hand sanitizers, 240 masks, and a ULV-20 Gold Fogger machine.

According to Ntšasa, the entire protective equipment cost their company about M100 000.

For his part, Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelepo admitted that the donation came at the right time.

“It is only yesterday when I went to Thetsane, and I heard that there was a suspect who was in severe stages of COVID-19 to an extent that he did not even have strength.

“When I got there, I first realized that there were many cars, but no one had the courage to take that person and put him in their car in fear of contracting COVID-19,” Maqelepo said.

Maqelepo said the situation at Thetsane hospital made him think of the health public servants that every single day has to go out to different parts of Maseru and bring in COVID-19 suspects. Maqelepo said that the thought of that scared him.

Maqelepo emphasized the importance of the donation and said the donated PPE will help health public servants to protect themselves against possible COVID-19 contraction when handling a patient.

According to District Medical Officer Dr. Alexander Maama Mojela, the Environmental Health department at DHMT will be responsible for the distribution of the donated equipment to various health facilities.

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