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Paray convent turned into isolation centre

MGC founder and CEO Sam Matekane

Nov. 3, 2020 2 min read

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THE unrelenting COVID-19 situation in the country has forced the Paray Hospital in Thaba-Tseka to turn its convent into an isolation centre to accommodate people who are at a greater risk of the pandemic because they are far from the Berea Hospital.

The Berea Hospital located in the town of TY is the designated government’s isolation centre.

In a bid to fight the spread of the deadly virus in the country, the Matekane Group of Companies (MGC) donated state-of-the-art COVID-19 equipment to the hospital in June, after making a similar donation to the Queen ’Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Maseru.

Sister Catherine Lebina of the Paray Hospital said the facility served the health needs of the people living in the rural district of Thaba-Tseka.

“The health facility was not necessarily chosen for COVID-19 purposes, but as the management of the hospital. We saw it befitting to help the residents of Thaba-Tseka to fight the spread of the pandemic by turning our convent into an isolation centre,” Sister Lebina said.

The facility she said works hard to ensure that it puts the donated equipment to better use to preserve the lives of the residents of the surrounding areas.

“We will also keep taking good care of the equipment to ensure that it does not only benefit the people of this district but the entire nation,” she also said.

For his part, the chairman of MGC Sam Matekane said the future of this country is in the hands of every Mosotho.

He said made the donation because he realised that it is only Basotho who can fix all the past mistakes and turn Lesotho into the country that they want it to be.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed Basotho’s weaknesses and vulnerability as a nation when our only neighbour South Africa closed down the borders between the two countries leaving us to fend for ourselves,” Mr Matekane also showed.

But to him, the situation unpleasant as it was, created an opportunity for Basotho, to look within and find what works best for them and what needs to change.

“For I know that Lesotho is the only country that we have as Basotho and the only one to leave for our future generations” he said. 

He added: “In every good thing that is happening in the country, it is ideal to involve the younger generation, from involving them in the efforts that are made to shape the future of Lesotho.”






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