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Lesotho receives COVID-19 experts from Wuhan

Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Sept. 28, 2020 2 min read

A 10-MAN team of anti-COVID-19 medical experts that will assist Lesotho in the fight against the pandemic arrived in the country on Sunday from the People’s Republic of China.

Presenting the medical gurus to the government, the Chinese Ambassador to Lesotho Lei Kezhong said the group came at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro.

The outfit’s presence in Lesotho, he said is an indication of strong bilateral relations between the two countries.

Mr Kezhong said the pandemic has brought both Lesotho and China closer together as they have been working as a unit since its outbreak.

Dr Majoro said the Chinese medical specialists will work together with Lesotho front-line doctors and other health experts for the next 10 days in a bid to share their experiences, knowledge and skills relevant for Lesotho to effectively respond to the pandemic.

The group is expected to thereafter proceed to Angola which will be the 15th country in Africa to receive this kind of assistance from China.

Dr Majoro expressed his gratitude to China for responding to his request to assist Lesotho contain the virus and save people’s lives.

The positive response by China, he said is a symbol of a long standing and deep friendship between the Chinese and Basotho.

“The Coronavirus specific assistance comes on top of China’s deployment of eight medical specialists at the Motebang Hospital to deal with specialised cases that require skills not presently available in the country.


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“The medical experts arrived at the time when Lesotho is battling with COVID-19 and is yet to achieve epidemic control, thus their assistance will be critical to refining their capacity to care for patients,” he said.

For his part, the Minister of Health Motlatsi Maqelepo said Lesotho is vulnerable to the pandemic due to its social economic status as a low-middle income country.

He therefore showed that Lesotho’s medical technology and resource skills do not match the needs of rapidly growing and highly contagious diseases like COVID-19.

Mr Maqelepo said the team will capacitate their human resource through training and sharing of ideas as well as experiences.

The team he further showed will visit the COVID-19 treatment centre to provide training to its personnel.

“Staff from the districts and other hospitals will receive similar training,” he also said.

The team also brought along with it the seventh consignment of specialised medical equipment to be used in the fight against COVID-19.

 

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