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Sept. 25, 2021

STAFF REPORTER

3 min read

Lesotho applauded for reaching vaccination population target

Lesotho applauded for reaching vaccination population target

Story highlights

  • COVID-19 restrictions loosened to boost economic platforms
  • About 384 649 people vaccinated countrywide

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations (UN) agency that connects nations, partners and people to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable has lauded Lesotho for going an extra mile in vaccinating over 10% of the set target of population since March.

Thabo Ntoi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Operational Support of the National COVID-19 Secretariat (NACOSEC) made the remarks on Friday.  

NACOSEC, is local authority that is mandated to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Lesotho.

Mr Ntoi said Lesotho has so far reached 19.2% of the population with 384 649 people vaccinated country wide.

This, he said is a great achievement bearing in mind that Lesotho is one of the countries that received the Covid vaccine late.

“But now local health workers and health professionals are out and about to vaccinate every Mosotho. We are pleased to announce that Lesotho is among the top eight countries which have pulled it through to vaccinate beyond the WHO target and we want 1.6 million people to be vaccinated by the end of this year. This is why our team is working tirelessly to reach every corner of the country'' he said.
He said after the Prime Minister’s nation address last week, Lesotho has moved to an enhanced purple color that comes with a lot of changes but above all, it is set to boost economic platforms as it has loosened up some of the COVID-19 restrictions.

“To mention a few, entertainment industry, restaurants, off sales, political meetings and borders are to operate from Monday to Sunday with two-hour extension time,” he said.
He said although some of the restrictions have been loosened up, the COVID-19 regulations are still to be observed so as to reduce the infection rate.

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He was quick to note that even though many people are vaccinating, getting one’s jab does not mean that they can no longer catch the infection, adding that only reduces the risk and chances of being infected.
He said although the use of alcohol is allowed, it should however only be consumed at homes and not in public places to avoid unnecessary risks of infection.

He said activities like initiation schools, night clubbing and protests are still restricted. NACOSEC was established in June 2020 to replace the National Emergency Command Centre (NECC) as an autonomous organisation to co-ordinate and implement all COVID-19 response strategies and measures. LeNA

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