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Aug. 28, 2021

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

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Govt launches medical oxygen generating plant

Govt launches medical oxygen generating plant

The newly launched medical oxygen generating plant at the Motebang Government Hospital in Leribe

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THE World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Lesotho, Dr Richard Banda says the installation of a medical oxygen generating plant in the country is a significant milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was speaking at the launch of the plant on Friday at the Motebang Government Hospital in Leribe.

“Not only will the plant help with the COVID-19 treatment, but it will also assist strengthen the country’s health systems beyond COVID-19, including saving lives of many newborns and children who require oxygen to survive,” Dr Banda said.

WHO and partners, he said are doing everything they can to find ways of scaling up therapeutics, adding that they remain committed to providing the needed, relevant and timely health information, advice and guidance to the Government of Lesotho in order to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Banda said the world is going through a crisis that must be managed with the greatest urgency, while ensuring that it does not continue to happen.

The launch was spearheaded by Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro.

Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Health, Semano Sekatle appealed to everybody to quickly visit the nearest health centres whenever they have symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the government is delighted to have been able to set-up oxygen plants in regional health centers.

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The ministry, he said intends to fit piped supply and system of oxygen into the hospitals, close to the patients’ beds.

He said in the past, oxygen was always an issue in Lesotho, adding that the government always secured oxygen from Afrox, a company that works with energy supply among other things.

“We are proud that we will now have oxygen supply of our own,” Mr Sekatle also said, thanking all partners who contributed towards the success of the project.

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