Prime Minister Majoro tours isolation facility

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  • As first-person tested positive for COVID-19 recover

Tumisang Serame

Lesotho’s newly appointed Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro with his entourage visited country’s isolation facility reserved for people who tested positive for the COVID-19.

The country recorded two cases of the virus since the virus spread globally, claiming thousands of lives. Neighbouring South Africa has recorded 24 264 cases with 12 741 recoveries and 524 fatalities.

On his visit, Dr Majoro was accompanied by his coalition partner Deputy Prime Minister Mathibeli Mokhothu, Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelepo and Communications, Science and Technology Minister Thesele ‘Maseribane.

‘Maseribane is also chair of the national emergency command centre established to coordinate the Lesotho’s response towards the COVID-19 pandemic.

Majoro, while at the tour expressed worries that to date, the country is not fully ready to treat patients who have contracted the virus.

He instructed the Ministry of Health to work faster in securing necessary equipment for testing and treatment of COVID-19 cases.

“We cannot afford to risk the lives of Basotho. We should all take matters of the virus seriously so as to prevent new infections and ensure recoveries of those found with the disease”, Majoro said.

Health Minister Motlatsi Maqelepo, on the two confirmed cases, said the first one has started recovering.

Maqelepo added that the first COVID-19 tested person has already tested negative.

“If the last tests come out negative, the patient will be given a COVID-19 negative certificate and be released from hospital,” Maqelepo said.

A nursing sister in charge of the facility, Ithabeleng Rapapa Morienyane said challenges faced by the isolation facility include: “shortage of heating system and thermo scanners”.

Morienyane said she is hopeful that the Prime Minister’s visit to the facility will bring fruitful results in the fight against the pandemic.

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