Red Cross lends a helping hand to Police

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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) this week handed over a tippy tank to the Qacha’s Nek district police headquarters.

Red Cross’s Secretary-General Kopano Masilo said when in March 2020 when Covid-19 was spreading like a wildfire; the society became part of the Global Red Cross family covid-19 response help plan.

Masilo said amongst many things they did, there was a global campaign by Coca-Cola as a company worldwide and Red Cross, therefore Lesotho was part of the countries that took part in collecting money to help towards Covid-19.

“By joining the campaign, we were able to have funding estimated to the US $50 000,” Masilo said.

He said the funds were earmarked to add to the programs Red Cross was already running in the country.

Masilo said they realized that they are not that different from the LMPS in times of disasters or emergencies hence the need for the police to be properly equipped to avoid the spread of the virus.

Masilo explained that with some of the money from Coca-Cola, they decided to help LMPS and there are 10 similar systems installed in each district.

District Police Commissioner Tumelo Moseme said they were grateful for the Red Cross decision to include them among beneficiaries of their work.

Moseme told his fellow colleagues to support Red Cross more than ever by donating wherever they see a Red Cross donation box as their initiatives go a long way towards benefiting society.

Moseme said the donation was not just about washing their hands but to be clean in everything they do as part of Qacha’s Nek community.

With the kind of work Policemen/women do, Moseme said they need a hygienic work environment as their offices and their houses are old.

Red Cross’s President Silasi Mosuhli explained that before independence in 1966 there was already Red Cross and it was rendering humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable.

Mosuhli said, “the work we do, is not because we like, but we must do extend a helping hand for our people”.

Mosuhli said the government included and recognized the society’s programs as they augment service delivery by the government.

The main reason for the tippy tank, Mosuhli said is intended to minimize the chances for the spread of the covid-19 pandemic at the police station as it gets visited by tens of people daily.

Mosuhli said the Police Stations are super-spreaders of Covid-19 as they do not have enough office space to practice social distancing with people coming and going for services including ones who end up in holding cells, adding “that is why they need the facility the most”.

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