He said no one can make informed decisions without being provided with appropriate information, adding: “We must dismiss misinformation through social media and we need to ensure that everyone accesses correct information about the disease”.
This Mr Phenethi revealed at the COVID-19 campaign that was held in Qacha’s Nek on March, 18.
The campaign was aimed at educating the public on the key infection prevention and control measures through the Humanitarian response to vulnerable and stranded migrants in Southern Africa region project, which supports NACOSEC / District COVID-19 Secretariat (DISCOSEC) risk communication sensitisation in the form of mobile van campaigns.
In her remarks, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) representative in Lesotho ’Mabaruti Motsamai said the IOM is working in collaboration with the district leadership structures under the guidance of the NACOSEC to bring COVID-19 messaging closer to the people.
Residents of Qacha’s Nek, she said must always remember that COVID-19 is real and ensure that they are empowered to obtain more information.
Ms Motsamai also urged the residents to report whenever they do not feel well and to feel free to test for COVID-19 without fear of stigma and discrimination.
Commenting on the national statistics in respect of the pandemic, the Qacha’s Nek District Medical Doctor, Dr Balengesila Mwenyi Panzi said it is better to know that every district has different figures and its own experience of the pandemic.
Overall, he noted that the impact of the disease in Qacha’s Nek has been less severe than everywhere else in the country.
“To date, out of the 6 411 people tested in the district, 411 recovered and 23 patients died due to the viral infection. Indeed, in the past weeks, the numbers decreased compared to when we first encountered the pandemic, probably due to the lockdown, but the pandemic is far from being over,” Dr Mwenyi Panzi noted.