The hospitals include Tebellong as well as Machabeng and are expected to work with clinics which have been identified as the district points of temporary isolation.
According to the District Medical Officer Dr Balengesila Mwenyi, the spread of the virus is further propelled by 'COVID fatigue' and a series of 'super-spreader' events.
“But in Qacha's Nek, we are working hard to suppress the spread of the virus within the district,” he said.
He told Metro that because suspects cannot take care of severe or complicated cases on their own, if found positive, they will be send to the two hospitals for isolation purposes.
“Moreover, the severity of this problem is not just the shortage of trained healthcare professionals, but providing full care for patients in isolations and intensive care units is another major hitch,” Dr Mwenyi said.
In response to this challenge, he said they have trained nurses on infection prevention measures and management of COVID-19.
“I am also aware that there are nurses who are based in the district from Tšepong Hospital in Maseru, under case management pillar. We are planning to train them, so that they can be able to continue with the management at the hospital level,” he said.
To manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said they among others transfer patients from the health centres and ports of entry to the hospitals.
He said they also make follow-ups or contact tracing of positive cases in villages.
Dr Mwenyi said they have deployed health officials at the ports of entry, to screen, test and collect samples to be sent to the laboratories, adding that the samples are taken from travellers who are from South Africa.