M8.4 million COVID-19 patients care and PPE donations

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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

The United Nations (UN) together with World Bank handed out Personal Protective Equipment, COVID-19 diagnostics, and patient management equipment to Lesotho valued at M8.4 million.

When receiving the donations, the National COVID-19 Secretariat Chief Executive Officer Thabo Khasipe said to win war against global pandemic they need partnerships, as they are the ones that will bring in more resources.

Khasipe gladly said UN’s support shows solidarity which is exactly what they needed.

He said apart from taking lives, COVID-19 is holding back a lot of important things.

Salvator Niyonzima the UN Representative said COVID-19 started as a health crisis but it is now turning into a social and economic crisis.

Niyonzima mentioned that with the lockdown and some restrictions imposed to lower chances of the virus transmission, there were negative impacts on businesses.

Niyonzima adds the pandemic is far from being over and with new cases rising in the country; “this is the time to work closely together”.

The UN, World Bank, and other partners have been working hand in glove with Lesotho to respond to the crisis.

The contribution received by Khasipe is from various UN agencies, WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the UN Technology Bank, and the World Bank.

Niyonzima explained that the handouts comprise two PCR Machines, 2 laboratory glove safety boxes, 55 oxygen concentrators, and hundreds or thousands of PPEs worth M8.4 million.

“The equipment will allow for critical care to be provided in the ICU centers and in district facilities,” said Niyonzima.

In conclusion, Niyonzima emphasized the equipment will also help health professionals protect themselves while caring for those affected by COVID-19.

Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelebo, who just recovered from COVID-19 said the contribution will go a long way in ensuring Lesotho is well placed to adequately respond to COVID-19.

Maqelebo adds the virus pose such a serious threat to the World and it needs all actors to work together in order to tackle it.

Maqelebo said that he has had continuous conversations with frontline health workers working tirelessly in response and said he is certain that the equipment will ease their load and ensure that lives are saved.

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