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Ntsoaki Motaung

The African Development Bank (ADB) together with Southern African Development Community (SADC) through the World Health Organization provided the Ministry of Health with Biomedical Equipment this week.

The equipment worth M5million includes biomedical, diagnostics and Personal Protective equipment (PPE).  

The Director General of the Ministry of Health Dr ‘Nyane Letsie indicated that the Ministry of Health from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic has been seeking help or donations from countries as well as organizations.

“We are aware that Lesotho has been receiving all kinds of assistance or donations from countries and organizations. Today the Ministry of Health is receiving supplementary medical equipment from the World Health Organization (WHO) and SADC. But the equipment is going to supplement what the country already has. The equipment we are receiving today is not only used to fight Covid-19 but even after Covid-19 we will still continue to use it. When the equipment is received it is taken to different health centers in the country and as we speak we are at the stage where we are supplying our clinics,” she said.

 The County Representative of WHO Dr Richard Banda, stated that the pandemic is far from over and some countries have seen an increase in the cases.

“There is no time to relax because the more we relax the higher the chances of the pandemic continuing and the higher the chances of getting different variants which are difficult to manage. The outbreak has brought too much pressure on the health services in Lesotho but also on the health workers. So over 400 health workers have been affected by covid-19 in the country,” he said.

The equipment includes, 20 Oxygen concentrators, 80 humidifier bottle with tubing, 120 air intake filters, 12,000 BH bag, venture masks, nasal oxygen cannula, ventilator kits, oxygen tube and ventilator accessories.

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