Deputy Prime Minister, Mathibeli Mokhothu, said health care professionals will receive risk allowances for a period of six months starting from the first COVID-19 case registration in Lesotho, which was in May. He also said health care practitioners working at isolation facilities will each get M3 500 while those stationed at Christian Health Association health facilities and the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital will each receive M3 000 with nurses and doctors at the isolation facilities pocketing M2 000. The COVID-19 risk allowances could also be extended for the duration of the pandemic. Besides the risk allowances, health practitioners also demanded to be given the in order to be able to handle suspected COVID-19 cases without fear.
Mokhothu revealed that the PPE that the government has bought to date include disposable aprons, surgical masks and face shields among others and still expecting to receive disposable cloths, shoe covers, head covers, sanitizers, fumigating liquids and scanners form the suppliers. The healthcare professionals went on strike after their demands were not met by the government.