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Health turn-around strategy launched

The Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo


Dec. 12, 2020 3 min read

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THE Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo says the provision of the health services depends on the proper functioning of a health system made of a number of building blocks such as finances, health workforce, health management, information system, leadership and governance.

He was speaking at the official launch of the ministry's Health Sector Turn-around Strategy (HSTS) that was held in Maseru on Thursday.
Mr Maqelepo said the objective of the strategy is to ensure that the ministry adopts primary health care as an overarching strategy for health service delivery in Lesotho.

This means that is all health related decisions whether technical or financial and all programmes will epitomise the ethos of primary health care.
Mr Maqelepo said the strategy will also strengthen the district health service programme and the community health workers programme by improving support and resource allocation programme coordination.

This, he said will ensure that the programmes have requisite resources and capacity to deliver essential services while also strengthening citizen engagement, targeting councillors, District Administrators and the College of Chiefs.

Speaking the same occasion, the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Likeleli Tampane said the health ministry will not be alone in running this project as other ministries including education, social development, and gender will also be part of the project.

This, she said is a clear sign that there will be light and improvement in the health services that are being offered across the country.
For his part, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Lesotho, Dr Mesfin Zbelo congratulated the health ministry for the initiative, adding that WHO is convinced that the health sector will be reformed in the country.

 


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WHO, he further said is willing to work closely with the ministry through offering technical and financial support in order to ensure that the new strategy is well implemented.
During the same event, Mr Maqelepo also handed over four ambulances to representatives of the Motebang Hospital in Leribe, the Semonkong Health Centre in Maseru, Mokhotlong Hospital as well as the Linakaneng Health Centre in Botha-Bothe.
This Health Sector Turn-around Strategy initiative is pursuant to Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro’s instruction that all ministries should promote accountability.

The HSTS is an evidence-based health system strengthening three-year project conceptualised by the Ministry of Health. It constitutes the basis for a performance contract between the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health along with the Deputy Minister of Health.

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